Lights go out on Shawver Park light display Friday night
Holguin's 'humble' display returned to rental company
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The much-discussed 'humble' light display at Shawver Park will officially go dark Friday night, five days shy of Christmas Day. The park was given $25,000 for the display in mid-November as a way to expand holiday celebrations throughout El Paso to the Mission Valley.
El Paso City Representative Eddie Holguin spearheaded the project, which was approved by City Council on November 12, 2013. The display brought national attention after CNN's Robin Meade poked fun of the display on HLN network's "Morning Express" show.
The El Paso Parks & Recreation Department were ultimately in charge of choosing Indiana based Winterland, Inc. to contract out lighting rentals for the park. The lighting display must be returned to Winterland, Inc. by Saturday, meaning that the park will go dark before Christmas ever arrives in the Sun City.
At a press conference on December 4th, Holguin defended the display by saying "I take full responsibility for the humble display of lights at Shawver Park."
To view the lights for the last time this holiday season, you can head out to Shawver Park, located at 8100 Independence Dr. between 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday night. Shawver will host Latin American Talent (LAT) Studio performing Christmas Carols this evening.
El Pasoans will enter the park through a one-way road to the gazebo, where the lighting display is located. Once at the park, 34 holiday themed displays will be available for viewing along with hot chocolate drink concessions.