Third annual Winter Glow has a new home

Third annual Winter Glow has a new home

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Third Annual Winter Glow Spectacular has a new home this year. The annual event, featuring more than a million holiday lights, is moving because of all the construction in Riverfront Park.

"We are excited to be here at the fairgrounds," said founder Jerry Schmidt.

Winter Glow has been a hit in the three years its been around, but when the weather acts up like it did this morning, enjoying an outdoor light show doesn't always sound like a good time.

"The advantage is we are able to do things indoors and outdoors we could do nightly entertainment," Schmidt said.

The new home for the event sprawls through buildings and open space here at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

This year, Winter Glow will celebrate with two fireworks displays, crafts for the kids, and live shows..
It's a massive community effort- this event has been a lot of work for Schmidt and his team, who are all volunteers.

"It's been a challenge. As you get bigger, and you need to get bigger if you want to expand as you expand their additional challenges," Schmidt said

One of those challenges was last year's devastating windstorm, causing problems for the Chinese Lantern Festival and Winter Glow.

"It knocked over our north pole, but we bounced right back and had it up and running before our lighting ceremony. And this year we haven't had any challenges like that and hopefully were not gonna have any," Schmidt said.

Winter glow opens on December 9.