Photo provided by Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.
Over 7,000 twinkling lights, delicious food, live music, and a vibrant parade filled the streets of Deer Park for the annual Hometown Holiday Celebration. The event, hosted by the Greater Deer Park Chamber of Commerce, lived up to its promise of holiday merriment, attracting a large and enthusiastic crowd.
The festivities kicked off with a free photo opportunity with the Grinch, generously sponsored by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce and Pop Of Pure Photography, setting the stage for an evening of holiday cheer. As dusk fell, the Christmas Lights Parade brought Crawford Street to life with creatively decorated entries on wheels. The parade, which featured entries from local businesses like Bicycles By Deron, Deer Park Royalty, Masters BrewHouse, Vine Wine, and Keto Sweetie, added a vibrant touch to the community spirit.
With a total of five food vendors and opportunities for arts and crafts indoors, the event catered to a variety of tastes and interests. Surrounded by the warm glow of additional holiday lights, attendees enjoyed live music from Hazel Queen of the 70s and the Deer Park Hart Chorale Choir. The event also included a fire pit for guests to gather around and enjoy the warmth, generously provided by Doug Knight.
Contracted by the City of Deer Park, Senske Services played a significant role by adorning the main two trees with an impressive 4,500 lights, a substantial increase from the previous year’s estimated total of 1,500 lights. Donations to the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce provided many more lights. The overall light count reached a staggering 7,000 bulbs and included additional figures and features.
The success, however, brought about a humorous challenge, determining the exact number of attendees. Ranging from 300 to 1200, the differing counts amused organizers and prompted discussions on finding a more accurate measurement method for future events.
During the event, the Spokane County Sheriff responded to a minor property damage incident.