The folks at Tohono Chul Park claim to have a million twinkling lights brightening up the annual Holiday Nights, and that’s not hyperbole says the park’s Jo Fall.
“We have hundreds and hundreds of strings, and hundreds of thousands of lights,” she says. “Very close to a million.”
The lights wind around the trees year-round, though it’s December when most are aglow. Staff stays busy making sure pack rats haven’t chewed through cords, but it’s volunteer Jim Pfafflin who has spent the last 10 years seeing that the lights stayon.
“He has made it his goal in life to be our light doctor,” says Falls. “He calls himself Dr. Brownout. He is the force behind the stringing of the lights.” Wandering through the pathways guided by the glow of those lights is sort of a breathtaking experience.
It happens 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 16. $16. 742-6455, tohonochulpark.org.