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The Lights of Christmas by the Numbers

Behind the twinkling lights and breath-taking displays, there is an incredible amount of careful planning and preparation that goes into the execution of The Lights of Christmas each year. The following information is a collection of interesting (and sometimes fascinating) statistics we have compiled about The Lights. The next time you need a conversation starter, feel free to drop a few of these numbers into your conversation.
(Note: Unless otherwise specified, the information is based on annual numbers.)

General Event
18 – Days The Lights of Christmas is open in 2008
20 – Cords of chopped firewood used each year to keep our guests warm at the fire pits
93 – Days it takes to set up the event. Set-up begins the day after Labor Day and lasts until opening night
475 – Kilowatts of electricity used. The highest measure in years past was 510 kilowatts, before transitioning to more LED lights
844 – Entertainers delighting guests with a variety of music and drama since 1997
18,000 – Light strands, enough to stretch from Warm Beach to Qwest Field
31,500 – Lights used on the “Bill Burr” tree next to the Mountain Scene
75,000 – Zip ties used in hanging the decorations
125,000 – Printed pieces of publicity (brochures, rack cards, posters, etc.)
1,200,000 – Lights, at least, that is where we stopped counting

Guests
6 – Continents visitors have come from (all but Antarctica)
7,062 – Farthest number of miles traveled by a guest (New Zealand)
44,017 – Guests who attended The Lights in 2007
500,000 – Approximate total number of guests attending The Lights since 1997

Volunteers Last Year
53 – Largest group of volunteers, brought by Day Creek Chapel, Sedro Woolley, Washington
587 – Volunteers who donated their evenings to the event
2,300 – Shifts worked by volunteers over the entire event
20,000 – Volunteer hours of set-up and during the event

Food Consumed Last Year
.42 – Miles of hot dogs, if laid end-to-end, consumed. That is 2,225 feet or 890 pounds
80 – Gallons of sparkling cider served at the Dinner Theatre
283 – Gallons of Ivar’s Clam Chowder consumed
1,500 – Pounds of dry cocoa mix, enough to make 852 gallons of hot chocolate
4,157 – Pounds of meat consumed – rib tips, prime rib, chicken, fish, etc.
34,000 – Plastic gloves used to serve food
65,700 – Hot, fresh, mini-donuts consumed

Ministry is the Connection Between Instructor and Student

About a year ago, a wonderful 85-year-old grandmother entered my life. She approached us with the interest of taking riding lessons after many years of being out of the saddle. Inez grew up with horses and even raised a horse from a foal to his last day on earth. Her daughter was involved in a local Pony Club and Inez had ridden until her kids moved on to adulthood. She deeply missed riding and the bond that comes with riding ...

Hearing from God

The past year has been difficult, bringing physical challenges, relationship losses, and employment transitions. My husband and I came to Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center for several reasons. One of the most important was to hear from God. One of the things I appreciate most about Warm Beach, is it provides the perfect environment to listen to God’s voice. I hear His laughter in the sound of children at play and see His joy on the faces of little ...

Trust in Hope

Hope in the context of the Bible is not the same as hope in the context of our current culture. Our culture often uses hope as wishful thinking, "I hope so…." Biblical hope, on the other hand, is an assurance of a promise that will come to pass! Down at the Stables, we have another "Hope" I'd like you to get to know. A large, beautiful, gentle giant of a draft horse named Hope. As an equine partner in our ...