It’s that time of year again: the Christmas lights have come to Forsyth County.
Over the last weeks, thousands of lights have been rolled out in one particular area of the county, strung up all over Warbington Farms in northeast Forsyth and transforming one of Forsyth County’s oldest u-pick’em farms into a winter wonderland fun park.
According to Delana Heard, manager of Warbington Farms, this is the first year of their new “Christmas on the Farm Light Show Extravaganza,” and since they opened to the public last week it's already been a success among local residents.
"It went really well being the first time we've ever had an event like this," she said. "We had a couple of snags that we had to work through, but we're really excited about how the season is going to turn out."
Heard said that activities on the farm for the Christmas wonderland include a large selection of light displays and shows, slides, jungle gyms and bouncy areas for youngsters, concessions, and a hay ride through the farm and past more light displays and light tunnels.
"We have our entire fun park here lit up,” she said. “The hay ride is kind of the grand finale of the show. It's really awesome, and a lot of time and effort was put into it.”
Overall, Heard said that the farm’s main goal for the event this year is to become a holiday tradition for people in the county, providing them a new option for something to do during the holidays that’s closer to home.
"We just want to provide another outlet in Forsyth County,” Heard said. “We have the Lake Lanier Islands, so bringing that same feel to Forsyth County.”
On Thursday, the farm hosted a night at the farm in partnership with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, inviting residents to mingle with local businesses like Community Cup coffee shop and Cumming Club Pilates while partaking in the holiday festivities.
Heard said it was the first time that they have partnered with the Chamber for an event and they are definitely excited about the partnership.
One local resident at the event said that she and her daughter had come out for almost the exact reason the Chamber and farm partnered for the night: Fun, community and connection.
“We came out here to kind of meet and greet with some of the local companies, get to know Forsyth better,” said Katie Kiosak. “I'm fairly new to this county, so that's why I'm here; I want to meet some great companies and people.”
She and her daughter, Camilla, said they had a great time at the event, checking out the lights, walking around the farm and getting a warm drink from Community Cup.
“My favorite part was those little lights," Camilla said, pointing towards a row of flashing electronic LED Christmas stockings that alternated between singing holiday songs.
Heard said that as a longstanding farm in the community, they are excited to hold this event so everyone can experience what Katie and Camilla did at the farm.
“We are just so honored and blessed to be able to bring another outing for families and providing another fun adventure," she said.
For more information about Warbington Farms and hours of operation for their Christmas on the Farm Light Show Extravaganza, visit them online at www.warbingtonfarms.com.