October 3, 2023

Brandon light display returns for another year

Darkhorse Press

Photo by Thalia Ruiz on Unsplash

This holiday season will be even brighter, merrier and more colorful as Magic of Lights returns and transforms Brandon Amphitheater into a vibrant drivethrough holiday-themed light display.

The festive event kicks off November 17 and runs through December 31.

“Magic of Lights” will return to Brandon Amphitheater for the second time, featuring dozens of displays, festive favorites, and digital animation, all constructed with millions of individual LED lights to create a memorable holiday experience for the whole family.

“We are excited to return Magic of Lights to the Brandon community for the second year as it’s become a part of the local annual holiday tradition,” says Ken Hudgens, CEO of Family Entertainment Holdings, LLC. “Our innovative creative team has designed a drive-through holiday wonderland light experience that promises to dazzle and delight guests of all ages.”

“We’re excited to be hosting Magic of Lights again for the 2023 holiday season. This year’s event will be bigger and better with the addition of the Holiday Village,” says Mayor Butch Lee.

“As we continue to celebrate 100 years in Mississippi, we are also celebrating the return of Entergy Magic of Lights,” said Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO, Entergy Mississippi. “We are excited to support a wonderful activity that families can enjoy together as they celebrate the magic and wonder of the season.”

“WLBT is excited to once again partner with Magic of Lights to bring the premier Christmas light show to Brandon. Last year was a huge success and many, many families across Mississippi had the opportunity to create some magical memories. This year will be bigger and better, and we hope to grow the event for years to come. We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year, dedicated to serving the communities across Central and Southwest Mississippi. WLBT is On Your Side, and that not only applies to our news investigations and lifesaving First Alert Weather coverage, but also to providing unique family experiences like Magic of Lights,” said Ted Fortenberry, Regional Vice President and General Manager.

Inside the comfort of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy Magic of Lights’ classic holiday favorites including Winter Wonderland, the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland, festive Elves and Reindeer Road.

In addition to the 200 foot long Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, there will also be other new light tunnels to delight and amaze. Other illuminated displays include the 32-foot-tall animated Mattel’s Waving Christmas Barbie®, Prehistoric Christmas featuring life sized dinosaurs celebrating the season, and the legendary BIGFOOT® Monster Truck. Created with over two million sparkling lights, Magic of Lights is a nostalgic and festive event everyone will enjoy.

Guests can also stop inside the Jolly Holiday Village, which allows visitors to walk through a magical out-of-car area featuring Santa Claus, letter writing stations and other holiday activities along with singing trees, leaping arches, snowflakes and candy canes all synced to music.

A new augmented reality feature will be introduced this year as well to make the magical experience even more interactive, with details set to be released in November.

• 2+ million lights per Magic of Lights event
• 12.6 miles of light cord per Magic of Lights event
• 3,750 staff hours to set up each Magic of Lights event
• The steel displays are designed, bent, cut and welded into about 800 frames that are combined in different configurations to create each show’s giant winter holiday scenes. Each frame of each scene is designed using the latest CAD technology and hand built inhouse from 15 pages of design specifications each.
• Each Magic of Lights show uses about 10 miles of steel to build the displays and 10 miles of LED lighting installed inside the displays, there are 10 different colors of LED bulbs used in the shows.
• Scenes, such as the animated Mattel’s Waving Christmas Barbie, are as high as 32 ft. tall and as long as several hundred feet.

Magic of Lights shines daily from 6:00 – 9:00 PM Monday – Thursday and 6:00 – 10:00 PM Friday – Sunday beginning November 17 through December 7 and 6:00 – 10:00 PM nightly starting December 8 through December 31. Tickets for this colorful seasonal event are on sale now and tickets are priced per vehicle.

For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit MagicOfLights.com/Brandon.

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