Lights Before Christmas in Fortuna

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Start a new holiday tradition this year and enjoy a coordinated light show set to Christmas music in Fortuna starting this weekend, when Lights Before Christmas takes place at the Depot Museum.

"We originally wanted to do the project a few years ago and the scheduling didn't work out with the designer," said Fortuna Chamber CEO Erin Dunn. "When artist Robert Moeller started collaborating on projects with the Chamber and the City this past year, we knew he was the right person to create the light show," she added. "We feel very fortunate that he said yes!" Dunn said.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Depot Museum, starting this Saturday and then every night at the same time through Dec. 22. There is no admission to see the show.

There will be bleachers set up in Rohner Park across from the Depot Museum for those who want to sit, watch, and listen. You can also enjoy the event from the warmth of your vehicle, but turning onto Park Street (off Main Street), and driving slowly by the museum where you can see the lights and hear the music, even with the windows rolled up. Drivers will turn around at the pavilion, proceed back by the museum and then enter back onto Main Street.

"This is a great opportunity for families to go look at the lights just before or after their Christmas shopping or holiday gatherings," added Chamber President Rod Allen. And according to Allen, there are plans to expand the event in 2014. "We will add lights and music to the remaining buildings on Park Street next year and watch the tradition grow."

Moeller worked with Depot Museum Curator Alex Service and City of Fortuna staff to ensure the installation of the lights did not damage the historic museum building exterior in any way.

Support for the event is provided by the City of Fortuna, Fortuna Business Improvement District, and the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Workers prepare Fortuna's Depot Museum (pictured here) on Park Street for a light show set to Christmas music set to take place from Saturday to Dec. 22, from 6-8 p.m. every night.