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ALTON, IL (KPLR) - The Grandpa Gang is at it again, hanging lights in Alton’s Rock Spring Park and counting down to the opening day of Christmas Wonderland.

More than 2.5 million lights will twinkle against the beautiful backdrop of Rock Spring Park, lighting the way toward another illuminating holiday season beginning Friday, November 27, but more than 60 nonprofit organizations benefited last year from proceeds raised from admission to the park.

Christmas Wonderland will be open nightly November 27 through December 27. The park is located at 2100 College Avenue in Alton. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Grandpa Gang, a group of retirees and volunteers, organizes and designs the Christmas spectacular of cascading lights, tunnels and displays known as Christmas Wonderland. Each evening, the park sparkles against the night sky with millions of glistening lights, all hung by volunteers and the “gang.”

Christmas Wonderland warms the hearts and helps families and friends capture the holiday spirit. Each year, the Grandpa Gang takes time to give back to the community with a portion of the attraction’s seasonal revenue donated to local charities.

Every night from November 27 through December 27 visitors can turn off their headlights and let the holiday displays carry them through the magical scene of Christmas Wonderland. This year there will be a new lights display of Frozen, an updated Snoopy display, and the 12 Days of Christmas display has been refurbished.

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