HIGHLIGHTING PRESQUE ISLE'S NATURAL BEAUTY
To get you in the right mindset for Presque Isle Lights, here is some information we’d like to you to know:
As you enter the park, signs will be directing you to use the RIGHT LANE to the 2nd parking lot where volunteers will be distributing programs and collecting cash or card donations to benefit the Presque Isle Partnership
Turn in where the lighted arrow sign is and pull up to either booth where a volunteer will kindly greet you
Be sure to tune-in to 95.5FM where holiday music, safety tips, and shoutouts to our awesome sponsors can be heard
The Lake Erie Speedway Hot Chocolate Pit Stop is located at the 4th parking lot. Use the RIGHT lane to be directed into this area
Drive 25 and keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
Respect the wildlife and take any trash you accumulate along the way with you
It’s important to remember that Presque Isle State Park is exactly that, a state park consisting of more than 3,000 acres of natural habitat. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state’s endangered, threatened, and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.
With that said, it’s always been our goal for PI Lights to find the right balance of lights and displays to limit our disturbance to wildlife. The event is all about experiencing the park’s beauty and serenity during a time of day and year when most of us don’t even think about visiting. The park loop is 13 miles long and electricity is few and far between. We’re using a dozen compact solar generators to power LED lights and displays in areas without fixed power sources; just another way we’re doing our part to be the best stewards of the environment we can be.
So if you’re expecting a Chevy Chase style Chistmas show and all 3,000 acres lit up, your expectations are a little high. None-the-less, we’re hoping you choose to take an evening drive around Presque Isle throughout the month and appreciate all the hard work many groups and organizations have put into the event. Think of it as a nighttime scavenger hunt for lights and displays around the park. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot a number of the park’s natural inhabitants, as well!
WHAT IS PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTS?
Presque Isle Lights welcomes visitors to experience a self-guided evening driving tour of seasonal lights throughout Presque Isle State Park from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. Visitors will follow the park’s full 13-mile loop road encountering along the way a variety of lights and displays coupled with the natural beauty offered by Presque Isle after dark.
WHO ORGANIZES PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTS?
Presque Isle Lights is organized by the Presque Isle Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the Presque Isle visitor’s experience by developing, funding and implementing projects and programs on the park while protecting the natural environment.
Presque Isle Lights is made possible by the outstanding support of our generous sponsors.
WHAT AREAS OF THE PARK WILL BE LIT?
Lights and displays can be seen in areas spread along the park’s 13-mile main loop road.
Please Note: The driving route and lighting locations are subject to change due to potential roadway closures caused by severe weather situations.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Presque Isle Lights uses solar generators to power approximately 50% of the lights. Additionally, LED lights, which consume 90% less energy than incandescent lights, are used throughout the park.
IS IT FREE TO SEE THE LIGHTS?
YES! The outstanding support provided by our generous sponsors makes Presque Isle Lights FREE for everyone!
Please consider making a donation to the Presque Isle Partnership below!
WHEN WILL THE LIGHTS BE ON?
6 - 9PM
December 5-6 | Sat. & Sun.
December 11-13 | Fri.- Sun.
December 18-20 | Fri.- Sun.
December 25-27 | Fri.- Sun.
January 1-3 | Fri.- Sun.
Donations to the Presque Isle Partnership are greatly appreciated. Together, we will grow Presque Isle Lights and continue to make Presque Isle the best park it can be!