The Celebration of Lights in Conway has proven a success in its first year. (Source: WMBF News)
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway is turning itself into the city of lights this holiday season.
The Celebration of Lights show is in its inaugural year, but is already gaining momentum.
At just $5 a car, city council members said they wanted this event to be affordable for every family and child, and they hope to keep it that way for years to come.
"What we wanted to do is something professional that we can be proud of, but also affordable for everybody to be able to come." said Conway City Councilman Tom Anderson.
Nearly three years in the making, the light show has brought thousands of people into downtown Conway, making it an instant success.
"We've had several people call and say, 'Hey, this was really awesome and I'd like to be a part of it next year," Anderson said.
Conway council members like Anderson and Parks and Recreation Director Foster Hughes said they've seen enough over the past several weeks to know the Celebration of Lights will most certainly be back again.
“It's definitely coming back next year.” said Hughes.
Council members said this event was not about making money, but providing a holiday service to the people of Conway and downtown businesses.
"It's a great, easy place to park to be able to walk around town and do some last-minute shopping (and) go and have dinner," Anderson said.
With lines of cars visibly backed up from U.S. 501, Anderson said he had no idea the light show would take off so fast, but he's not complaining.
"We didn't really talk about how big it would be. We just thought it would be a good way to get in the Christmas spirit, to help build communities and to get people to come to Conway," he said. "And we think it's accomplishing that goal."
Organizers are expecting even bigger numbers Christmas weekend, but the display will be closed on Christmas Day. The show will start again the following weekend to bring in the new year.