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Cars line up to drive through the Borst Park Christmas Lights last year in Centralia. 

The Fort Borst Park drive-thru light display in Centralia is back for its ninth year, starting Friday night, including added light displays.

The event starts on Friday Dec. 6 and will continue until Dec. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. 

Julie Liseth, the recreation supervisor for the city of Centralia, told The Chronicle about her favorite thing about the drive thru light display. 

“It’s hard to pick a favorite — there are so many fun and cute displays.  I just like that we have such a wonderful, inexpensive event to offer, right in our own community,” she said.

The cost per car is $5, for small buses it costs $10 and larger buses cost $12. 

The drive through the park is about a half mile and the entrance to the light display is through the Borst Park exit. Liesth said there are dozens of lighted displays, many of which are animated. The new displays that were not a part of the drive last year include: a “Ho Ho Tow Truck”, “Mouse and Christmas Cheese”, “Let it Snow” sign, a “Large Stocking with Elves”, “3D Twirling Snowman”, plus several more deer and trees to add to the existing “Deer Scene”.

Canned goods will also be collected at the admission gate to the Borst Park Drive Thru Lights. “Those who wish to donate should bring their non-perishable food item to the event, and it will be collected at the admission gate,” said Liseth. 

Christmas music will not be playing in the park. Attendees in the past have played their own holiday music in their cars while driving through the festive light displays. 

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