Light magic in N.H. woods
CAMPTON, N.H. - Frosty the Snowman kisses his girlfriend, Crystal, causing her scarf to flutter. A horse runs through the woods and jumps over a tree. Skaters take to the ice in front of a grist mill.
These wintry holiday scenes are illuminated by an estimated 750,000 multicolored light bulbs the length of a mile-long, drive-through visit to the Holiday Magic Light Park. For the fourth year, owners Pedro and Heather Pinto transform their White Mountain campground along the frosty Pemigewassett River into a seasonal display of dazzling lights complete with tractor-pulled wagon rides, bonfire, concession stand, and joyous piped-in music - all for $15 per carload.
The holiday metamorphosis began in October with some displays reaching 20 to 30 feet high, according to Pedro Pinto.
"We have to make sure the animation works and then there are all of those lights," he said.
Lights of all colors are everywhere on Lollipop Lane with its giant swirled candies. A huge spaceship appears to take off in another display. Reindeer, jumbo candles, and Santa's sleigh all add to the magic that triumphs over the wintry dark every night of the holiday season.
Holiday Magic Light Park, Branch Brook Campground, Route 49, Campton, N.H. 603-726-7001, www.holidaymagiclightpark.com. Friday-Sunday 4:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 28. Open New Year's Eve. Admission $15 per carload, $30 vans (11-plus passengers), $60 bus.