The line to see Cherry Hills Community Church's new holiday light show was backed up all the way down Grace Boulevard on Nov. 22 for the unofficial first night of the event.
The free show, which was intended to be a test run for the opening night two days later, kicked off at 7:30 p.m. The full light show will run every evening from 6:30 to 9:30 until Dec. 22 with the exception of nights with Christmas services in the church.
Each vehicle was instructed to download a smartphone app called “LIGHT at Cherry Hills” before beginning the drive-through experience. Once connected to Bluetooth, the app played a story connecting to different stages of the show over the cars' loudspeakers.
The audio told the story of one family's evolving Christmas traditions. Throughout the show, there is a theme of finding “the light that guides you home.”
Volunteers handed out hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies to drivers and passengers. After reaching the front of the line, the drive-through experience lasts about 15 minutes.
While the show is free, the church asks that participants make a donation for their program helping homeless or impoverished families in Douglas County.
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