Woodland Lights festival canceled as coronavirus cases rise

Credit: FILE

Credit: FILE

WASHINGTON TWP. — The long-running holiday event Woodland Lights has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The annual light festival at the Washington Twp. Recreation Center has attracted thousands for more than 25 years was scheduled to open the day after Thanksgiving, but it has been put on hold due to a rise in coronavirus cases, Washington Twp. announced Tuesday.

“We have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of our community,” Washington Twp. Trustee President Sharon Lowry said in a released statement.

Woodland Lights is a half-mile wooded path of holiday lights with live animals, train rides, bonfires and concessions.

Last month, officials said they planned to hold the weekslong event with some adjustments due to COVID-19. However, the recent rise in coronavirus cases changed things, officials said.

“Hosting a large-scale event that has the ability to contribute to the community spread of COVID-19 amongst our residents would be irresponsible,” Lowry said. "This was not an easy decision to make.

“We are extremely disappointed that we are unable to host the event as we know that it is a time-honored tradition for so many people. But protecting our community is the absolute most important thing to us,” she added.

Instead, different locations throughout the township will be decorated and illuminated throughout December, officials said.

A driving map will be available on the township website at https://www.washingtontwp.org/.

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