For 53 nights starting on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021, Give Kids the World Village will come to life with Night of a Million Lights, a walk-through holiday spectacular.
Over one million lights will adorn the 84-acre Village, including a 150-foot light tunnel leading to 33 decorated villas; more than 50 holiday-themed wireframes, with some spanning more than 40 feet; a giant gingerbread arch; and space-themed decorations for Henri’s Starlite Scoops. In addition, Santa Claus himself will greet guests from the balcony of Towne Hall with Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry, Give Kids the World’s ambassadors.
Here’s a preview:
Corporate and community members can get into the spirit of the holidays by adopting a villa, and will be able to decorate it however they’d like for display throughout the length of the event. There will also be a content among the villas for the best-decorated display!
Starting Oct. 1, guests can purchase tickets to Night of a Million Lights on the Give Kids the World website. Most of the Village’s wheelchair-accessible attractions will be available at no cost, including The Enchanted Carousel, Marc’s Dino Putt, Kelly’s Sunny Swing, and Lori’s Magical Flight – which will all be decorated for the holidays. Complimentary hot cocoa and ice cream will also be served each evening of the event.
In addition, guests can visit the Castle of Miracles, which houses a mysterious forest, a burping wishing well, a magic tree that makes pillows, and more. The Castle also features thousands of stars that fill the ceiling and the adjoining Star Tower, with each one placed in honor of a wish child who has visited the Village.
Proceeds from the event will support Give Kids the World and its mission to provide wish vacations to critically ill children and their families at no cost.
“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told ‘no’ due to the limitations of their illness. We feel privilege to give wish children and their families a week of ‘yes’ where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend priceless time together,” said Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids the World. “We look forward to sharing some holiday joy with the community while making it possible for future wish children to have their wishes fulfilled.”
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help bring this event to life, from helping with pre-event set-up and light installation to operating rides, serving ice cream, and overseeing on-site family activities. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old for this event, and can sign up either individually or as a group. Those interested can apply to volunteer online at GKTW.org/Volunteer.
Give Kids the World Village closed back in mid-March due to COVID-19, delaying over 4,000 wishes from being granted. The Night of a Million Lights will help raise funds to ensure that wish trips can return once the time is right for the village to reopen.
To learn more about Give Kids the World, visit GKTW.org.