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Pre-sale tickets are now on sale for Electric Light at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.
The new event, launched for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 restrictions, is a drive-in show featuring multiple lasers, including an impressively large one commonly seen in shows at theme parks. The lasers will be synchronized to a selection of diverse holiday music and will be delivered to the audience by a dedicated FM station through your car radio.
Vehicles will be parked in the grass lot next to the Whirligig Park, facing the park. The massive whirligigs, with their thousands of reflectors, will serve as a backdrop to the lasers.
There are four nights of shows, Dec. 4-5 and 11-12, with four shows each evening on the hour beginning at 6 p.m. Additional holiday fun will be happening downtown including a family/friends Christmas photo op in a life-size sleigh in the new Bankers Plaza mini park on Goldsboro Street. Participating downtown shops and restaurants will also be open for shopping and dining.
The regional event, coordinated by Wilson Downtown Development and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, received grant funding from the N.C. Arts Council and Wilson Tourism Authority. Shows are sponsored by Wilson Energy, Farris & Thomas Law and Wilson Medical Center. In-kind sponsorship was provided by Greenlight Community Broadband and Comfort Suites of Wilson.
Tickets are available online only through WAXtix at wilsonwhirligigpark.org/ELF. No tickets will be sold onsite to ensure that traffic issues will be minimized and everyone will have a reserved space, especially those driving from a distance.
The ticketing process requires that you pick a show from the 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., or 9 p.m. option on the evening you would like to attend. There may also be an option for the purchasing of refreshments and a commemorative souvenir. After reserving, you will receiving a confirming email. Information will be communicated through the ticketing system closer to the event date.