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Drive-through Christmas display opening Friday at Water World

1.5 million LED lights will brighten up Water World this holiday season for an elaborate drive-through display called Christmas in Color.

FEDERAL HEIGHTS — The company behind the Dillion Ice Castles is putting on another colorful display this holiday season at a place better known for keeping people entertained during the summer months.

Christmas in Color is a mile-long, drive-through display that was originally set to open in the Water World parking lot in Federal Heights on Nov. 23.

However, strong winds last weekend damaged lighting elements on several of the displays, prompting organizers to postpone opening the attraction by one week.

“We were set up and ready for our grand opening,” Christmas in Color CEO Todd Glover said in the release. “Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different plan.”

Credit: Christmas in Color

The attraction, which is new to Colorado this year, features vibrant glowing tunnels illuminated by an assortment of LED lights – all of which are synchronized to a festive holiday music lineup that attendees can tune into from their vehicles.

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“Normally Water World is dark and still during the holidays, so it is very exciting to see what Christmas in Color is doing to light up our parking lots with such a wonderfully unique and creative drive-through experience for visitors from all over the metro area,” Water World spokeswoman Joann Cortez said in a news release.

Christmas in Color will be open 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.

Christmas in Color display.

Tickets cost between $25-$30 per vehicle, with higher prices falling on weekends and days closer to Christmas. Each guest will also get a pair of 3D glasses to wear during the experience.

In all, it’ll take visitors about 30 minutes to weave through the parking lot and see the more than 1.5 million colorful lights.

Christmas in Color display.

In addition to Colorado’s location, Christmas in Color also has two locations in Utah, and one location in Goodyear, Arizona.

Organizers recommend buying tickets in advance to help reduce wait times.

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