Patients and their loved ones in Johnson County will surely appreciate the uplifting display debuting at the Bird House Hospice Home on Thanksgiving night, but the public is welcome as well, to the county's only drive-through display.

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the mile-long course will showcase 34 professionally-installed displays along the West Overlook campground at Coralville Lake.  It will feature a magical course of lit archways, animated displays, whimsical Santa’s ranch characters, storybook scenes, fantasy flower arrangements, moose and reindeer involved in Olympic sporting activities, and more. There is also a tunnel of lights with a long display that shimmers in different colors and patterns. This was a huge hit among patrons at the display's soft opening.

You can see it Thanksgiving night through New Year's Eve

West Overlook Rd, NE in Iowa City is the setting every night from this Thursday (Thanksgiving night) to New Year's Eve. Hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-9 Friday nights and weekends with one exception. Wednesday nights are open to pedestrians only for $5. Otherwise, admission is $10 per car or vanload, $20 for large vans and limos, and $30-$40 for large buses. All proceeds benefit The Bird House Hospice Home of Johnson County.

It's a short trip through a wonderland of lights

On a moderately busy night, the course runs 15-20 minutes. It may take longer depending on traffic levels.

We've likely all known someone in a hospice home and the Bird House is hoping their light display can be a massive annual fundraiser in their mission for families,  to  "provide compassionate, quality end-of-life care for them and their loved ones. That round-the-clock care makes it so we can do pain management and make sure they’re taken care of physically and spiritually.”

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