Skating, sledding, more at Lights of Hope

OROVILLE — The Father’s House Lights of Hope Christmas venue opens Thursday with ice skating, a sledding hill, walk of lights and free photos with Santa Claus.

The Lights of Hope, located at 3556 Oro Bangor Highway, the site of the annual Lord’s Gym Mud Run, now accommodates a Christmas Village, a synthetic ice-skating rink, a sledding hill and a Christmas light walk.

The venue is open Dec. 2 through 5; Dec. 9 through 12; and Dec. 16 through 19. Hours on Thursdays and Sundays are 5 to 9 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Lights of Hope is extending its hours into Christmas week this year and will open 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 20 through Dec. 23.

The Lights of Hope 40-by-60 foot synthetic ice-skating rink will accommodate 35 people socially distanced at one time. The cost for a 30-minute session on the ice is $8 in advance and skate rental is included. Tickets are available in advance or at the venue.

The two-lane sledding hill which is 17 feet tall at its highest point with a 70-foot synthetic ice slope was sponsored by Home Depot. Sleds will be provided to children 5-years and older and adults who dare to take a slide. Children younger than 5 years must ride with an adult. Tickets are $12 per person for unlimited trips down the slide.

New to the venue this year is an inflatables play area for children featuring a bounce house, obstacle course and giant slide. Tickets are $10 per person for unlimited use day of ticket purchase.

The two-thirds mile Christmas Light Walk, open and free after 5 p.m., is strung with more than 100,000 lights and features many Christmas inflatables including familiar characters like the Grinch, Santa’s reindeer and Mickey Mouse and many other delightful decorations.

The venue’s Christmas village resembles what one might image Santa’s village at the North Pole looks like with many festive structures from which concessions will be sold. There are plenty of socially-distanced picnic tables. Luxury open-air booths with cushioned benches and fire pits that will accommodate private groups of up to 12 people are also available by reservation. The cost for a booth which also includes supplies for s’mores and blankets ranges from $75 to $325 depending on hours booked.

All proceeds from Lights of Hope will benefit Father’s House Gift of Hope an annual Christmas program to provide Christmas gifts to Butte County’s underprivileged children as well as other church programs.

For more information and to book tickets in advance or reserve a booth: all of which will be open to the public starting Dec. 1 with all the proceeds benefitting the church’s Gift of Hope program.

For more than a decade Father’s House Church has hosted an annual Gift of Hope Christmas program to provide Christmas gifts to Butte County’s underprivileged children. In years past the elves spent a week transforming the church into a magical place filled with lights and gift for the children coming to meet Santa and receive their gifts.

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