Winterhaven Festival kicks off in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's the holiday extravaganza Tucsonans anxiously await every year.

The annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights kicked off Saturday and this year's display doesn't disappoint.

It's the sound of holiday cheer.

"I like all the Christmas lights in Winterhaven and I like all the ones that move," said 6-year-old Joseph Valdez.

The 62nd annual Winterhaven Festival of lights shining bright, after months of preparation, Saturday night Christmas Avenue came alive.

From the kettle corn to the horse drawn wagons, this festival is filled with tradition.

"We just love that it makes you feel like a kid again, my husband and I just love hearing everybody happy and singing," said Winterhaven resident Jenny Vincent.

Over the years Winterhaven has become one of the Community Food Bank's major fund raising events, Tucsonans drop off food, then see the decorations, which never disappoint.

"It's for a really good cause and I've been coming here since I was a little kid," said Star Kettle Corn Owner Alan Cowgill.

Christmas in Africa.  Occupy Winterhaven.  An endless supply of candy canes.

One favorite among the kids this year, a snow-maker.

"You can play in it and we don't see snow that much," said Vincent.

And then there's the famous front yard fountain show.

It's a place where everyone, even the pups, can enjoy the holiday spirit. A spirit that keeps generations coming back year after year.

"My favorite lights are the trees and snow and all the Christmas lights here," said Valdez.

The Festival of Lights runs through Christmas Day.  Each night starts at around 6 P.M. and ends at 10 P.M.  Drive through nights will be on the 13, 15 and 20.