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Weather creates slow start to Festival of Lights

Posted at 5:38 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 07:38:01-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The streets in Winterhaven are lit up for the 66th annual Festival of Lights, but some residents say it was a slow start for the opening night.

"It's usually shoulder to shoulder," said Wes Wade, a Winterhaven resident.

That was not the case at the beginning of opening night according to residents. They say it is normally crowded walking around the neighborhood and streets are filled with visitors. At the beginning of opening night, there was plenty of room.

"The numbers are down just a little bit, but it's the weather and we've actually had people calling to ask, 'Is it raining over there?' and we tell them no so they're showing up now," said Wade.

Morning rain and cold temperatures could be the reason residents and visitors say crowds were smaller.

Michael Jones decorates his house with more than one-hundred-thousand lights for the festival. They are timed to music and they also have a real-life Olaf, snowman from the movie Frozen, outside their house. Jones also mentioned smaller crowds.

"A little slow start tonight, I think a little bit of the weather, hopefully people still come out and bring some canned food," said Jones.

By the end of the night, crowds in Winterhaven did finally pick up. The festival runs through December 26th.