Light Foundation Winter Wonderland Nativity Scene. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Light Foundation Winter Wonderland draws large crowds

"I heard from so many families about the magic that was present at Winter Wonderland at Chenoweth Trails this year,” - Matt Light

GREENVILLE – The Light Foundation hosted Winter Wonderland at Chenoweth Trails with a total of 225 families taking in the mile of lighted trails.

“I heard from so many families about the magic that was present at Winter Wonderland at Chenoweth Trails this year,” said Matt Light.

Santa made an appearance each night along with 20 volunteers each evening and 20 local volunteers baking cookies to hand out at the event.

“It’s no secret I have a passion for kids but many may not know that I also have a passion for decorating and when the two passions come together at the most wonderful time of year, magical things happen,” said April Brubaker, program director (aka) the decorating elf. “We knew the place was perfect for a “Rustic Themed” Christmas event and when Lowe’s donated all the lights and Christmas trees the team knew all we had to do was tie in the vintage touches and a bit of glamor and eclectic flare and whala….Magic happened! The TEAM created a unique rustic themed walk through Winter Wonderland like no other!”

Greenville Lowe’s donated extra Christmas lights this season to help expand the magic of Christmas.

“A huge Christmas tree and lights donation from Lowe’s last year is what started this event and made it all possible,” Light stated. “They stepped up big time again this year by donating more lights so we could expand the beautiful scenery to our newly built timber frame treehouse and covered bridge – which they also helped us build. We are beyond grateful for their partnership with the Foundation.”

“We couldn’t have hosted three nights of pure Christmas magic without our Grounds & Maintenance crew working long hours to hang lights and assemble trees,” Light added. “It also wouldn’t have been possible without all of the volunteers who showed up to help spread Christmas cheer!”

New this year was the decorating of the Tree House giving Santa and Mrs. Claus a new perch for everyone to enjoy.

“Santa and Mrs. Claus at the tree house felt like a scene out of a movie and the kids were mesmerized,” Brubaker said. “From the beautiful wreaths to the life size nativity scene, to the fireplace, to the gingerbread house, to all the decorated Christmas trees, to roasting marshmallows, and sipping hot cocoa, to making an ornament, and everything in between, we do hope that families felt the magic in the air and found the perfect place to snap a few family photos!”

The Light Foundation had 35 sponsors for the annual event this year. Each sponsor was able to adopt one of the Light Foundation’s 6 foot artificial pre-lit Christmas trees to decorate and promote their business or passion. The guests were invited to pick their favorite decorated tree in the Adopt-a-Tree contest.

“The Adopt-a-Tree contest was a fan favorite again this year,” said Brandi Spille, Marketing Coordinator. “We were overwhelmed by how much it expanded compared to last year. Our sponsors really came through this giving season to help give the community a great event.”

“Leis Realty was the winner of the competition this year,” Spille stated. “They were awarded a trophy that was custom built by Glenn Rehmert, one of our grounds crew members. It is being proudly displayed in their office.”

The Light Foundation would like to thank all of their sponsors who helped make this event possible: Lowes, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Inc., American Legion Post 140, H&R Block, Unique Treasures & Vintage Prop Rentals, Treaty City Industries Inc., Park National Bank, Darke Rural Electric Co., Teafords Pizza & Subs, Flaig Lumber Co., EB Real Estate, Jafe Decorating Inc., The Coffee Pot, Sharps Tavern, Winhoven Pipeline, Win Nutrition LLC, FRAM, Prosperity Promotions, Everheart Hospice, Vandalia Range & Armory Inc., In memory of Karley J Borger and Dre Fish, Leis Realty, Whitewater Eye Center, Dr. Stephen D Stentzel, D.D.S., Troutwine Auto Sales, Inc., Sue Bowman Team – HER Realtors, Hamilton Auto Sales, Happily Ever Co., The Hood Rats, Touch of Glass, Tribute Funeral Homes, Horse & Riders 4-H Club, Flory Landscaping, and Bruce A Hunt Trenching.

Mark your calendars for next year – December 9, 10, & 11, 2022.

Santa and Mrs. Claus great visitors at the Light Foundation tree house at Chenoweth Trails Winter Wonderland. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Light Foundation staff surrounded by 600 light wreath at Winter Wonderland. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Many of the 35 sponsored Christmas Trees at Light Foundation's Winter Wonderland. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Light Foundation Winter Wonderland at Chenoweth Trails. (Gaylen Blosser photos)
The 2021 Winter Wonderland at the Light Foundation's Chenoweth Trails. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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