Valdosta - Ten years ago, about 7000 people came out to celebrate the holidays with the folks at Wild Adventures. "Christmas decorations was one of the first big festivals that Wild Adventures did and they did it while it was still Liberty farms animal park back in 1996," said Sara Sumner, Public Relations Coordinator at Wild Adventures.
A lot has changed in the past decade and crews have worked for almost half a year to welcome the 170,000 park goers who will come to Wild Adventures this year to get in the Christmas spirit. "We had a crew working since labor day. 18 people going through the park, stringing the lights, putting up displays and the great decorations you see here," she adds.
Geoffrey Schmidt was on that team that worked countless hours, "You have no idea how many nights, not just myself but the whole crew spend out here in the park." Planning the shows, concerts, and bringing in the big man himself.
And of course, stringing the five million lights that have turned this ordinary theme park into a winter wonderland. "It sets the backdrop for all our shows and activities and as you walk through the park, you can't help but to smile because of all the Christmas Cheer," Sumner says.
The Christmas festivities will also include a live nativity, a brass band ensemble and a brand new parade.
The Old Fashion Christmas at Wild Adventures will run through December 30th.