Santa's Wonderland Goes Green to Save Green

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

It's home to more than 2.5 million lights, and uses enough electricity to power several neighborhoods in the Brazos Valley.

Santa's Wonderland has become a staple in the area but as you might imagine, those beautiful lights come with a pretty hefty price tag. So this year the winter wonderland, is going green and saving some green.

"A lot of people say wow, we can really see these lights from like three to four miles away," Scott Medlin said.

Scott Medlin has been lighting up the Brazos Valley with Santa's Wonderland, for more than a decade. It's a big job, that comes with an even bigger utility bill.

"We got millions of lights, and so the electric bill has always been a huge deal," Medlin said.

So this year, Medlin and others set out to find a better, more efficient alternative.

"What this is, is actually LED lighting," Medlin said. "It lasts for about 100,000 hours typically, where as incandescent will last about 6,000."

And it's about 10 times brighter....

More than a half a million of the new lights are now scattered throughout the entire park.

In fact, every colored bulb you see, is now the greener alternative.

"There's about 35 to 40 trees out here, each one of these trees has about 2,000 LED lights on them," Medlin said.

Although there's still some white lights of Christmas past still visible, Scott hopes Christmas present at Santa's Wonderland ushers in a new era sparkle.

"It's a trend, something we want to go further into. We would like to replace all our incandescent lights with LED lighting," Medlin said.

If you want to see the new and improved lights for yourself, Santa's Wonderland is open every night from now until the end of December.

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