ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- It was a delightful night for many this Thursday that started another holiday tradition for many in the Permian Basin.
The Starbright Village is right off of the I-20 at McKinney park in Odessa.
It’s the 32nd year for the community tree lighting ceremony here.
Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Patton says he chose this location because being off the I-20 leaves more passerbys to see the attraction and stop by.
“At this location, we have water,” Patton says, “With the water you get a double reflection, and you’re almost getting two for one on your lights right there.”
Close to 700 thousand lights were put up to make this happen, and the prep goes way back.
“The preparation for Starbright Village starts back in July,” Patton says. “We start doing inventory of our bulbs, and then we start picking the ones that are burned out.”
After they replace the old bulbs, they go on to try to find a new display every year.
On November 1st they line their inventory and start bringing it to the park, and it’s a big haul.
“It takes over 50 people, every single day, to get to where we are today.” Patton says.
And because of them, we get to see more than 80 displays at the village.
It’s a good place to gather a family picture and get in the holiday spirit.
“We had 208,000 people go through Starbright village last year,” Patton says, “That makes this the single-most attended event in the Permian Basin.”