That fact is it's a stunning display. Mount Dora's holiday lights display helps make the city among the top Christmas towns in Florida.
The 35-year tradition takes the work of three city departments to pull off the illuminating display of approximately 230,000 lights painstakingly installed in trees, light posts and city buildings.
" It is tedious work putting lights on the tree trunks and limbs. Many of the trees in Donnelly Park are too large to hang lights in the canopies, so the trunks and limbs are wrapped instead," said Charles Revel, the city’s Electric Utility Manager, about the most difficult part of the project.
Four to six staff members of the city's Electric Division devote approximately fifty percent of their time over 6 weeks wrestling with strands of lights and riding in bucket trucks to complete the task.
Mount Dora Marina, a privately owned business, spends a tremendous amount of money and resources creating their annual lakefront display that attracts visitors every year (read full article on the marina's display).
The lights inside Donnelly Park remain up until after Mount Dora Art Festival in early February. The lights outside of the park start being removed on January 2.
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