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Reflections in the Park 20th Anniversary

October 30, 2014

Reflections in the Park offers family friendly, entertaining escape. The hustle and bustle are beginning again – Christmastime, of course, has arrived.

And when the holiday season becomes frantic, the lights in Louis Murphy Park will offer a family friendly, entertaining escape.

It’s the 20th anniversary of Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest lights festival that opens to thepublic from 5:00 to 10 p.m. November 27 through January 3, 2015.

Reflections in the Park features more than 60 displays, including a wide array of objects, from a Concrete Mixer pouring out wrapped packages to the very popular 200’ Tunnel of Lights to distinctively animated displays – all with LED lighting.

Upwards to 50,000 visitors view the massive Reflections in the Park event each year.

And one of those visitors is Santa Claus, who each year makes several visits to the park. Santa has indicated he will be at the park every Monday in December before Christmas – that means four trips this year. He will be there from 5 to 8 p.m. to personally greet visitors and offer candy canes to all youngsters and even the family pet gets a special treat!

While the full name of the event is Reflections in the Park, “A Hillcrest Lights Festival”, it is a “truly community event,” according to event coordinator, Sondra Bennett of Hillcrest.

Approximately 500 community volunteers put in over 3,500 hours making Reflections in the Parkhappen, from selling display to handling the promotions, while at the park, doing everything from set-up, to volunteering while the show is up and running, to taking down the displays when the show wraps up.

“We are so privileged to be in a city that allows us to use a city park for this show,” Bennett said. Show sponsors cover the cost of the event, and dollars raised support the 30-plus programs of Hillcrest Family Services. Located at 2005 Asbury Road in Dubuque, Hillcrest is a nonprofit human services agency that serves over 26,000 individuals across State of Iowa and beyond.

Tickets for Reflections in the Park are priced at $10 per vehicle at the gate. Discounted $8 tickets are available at all Dubuque Bank and Trust banking centers in Dubuque and East Dubuque and all Hillcrest Family Services locations throughout the event. Tickets also make a wonderful gift and come with gift card and envelope.

Additional details about Reflections can be obtained by calling Hillcrest at 563.583.7357 or toll free at 877.437.6333, or by sending an email to Sondra Bennett.