Spread the Holiday Spirit
Nightly Christmas Wonderland volunteers needed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Alton, IL – Oct. 10, 2016) Volunteer organizations are needed to help bring Christmas Wonderland to life this year by working at the popular seasonal attraction for one night between Nov. 25 and Dec. 27.
Organizations are asked to volunteer for the annual holiday attraction which has been held at Rock Spring Park for the last 25 years. A minimum of 12 people for four hours per night are needed to help the event run smoothly. Duties include handing out programs, staffing Santa’s Village, assisting with traffic flow, collecting donations, collecting Christmas Tree contest ballots and even a chance to play Santa Claus. A Santa Claus suit is available for use. On-site security is also provided. Evening shifts run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A training session for organizations which volunteer will be held in November to provide guidance and tips for a successful volunteer experience.
The Grandpa Gang, a group of retirees and volunteers, organizes and designs a Christmas spectacular of cascading lights, tunnels and displays for visitors and locals to enjoy each year. Each evening, the park sparkles against the night sky with three million glistening lights, all hung by volunteers and the “gang.” Visitors and families can turn off their headlights and let the holiday displays carry them through the magical scene. Even a few of Alton’s historical figures visit, including displays of Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man, placing the star on the Christmas tree and the legendary Piasa Bird carrying a bag of gifts for the kids.
“This is a great opportunity for groups to help people have a great holiday experience at Christmas Wonderland,” said Al Cowgill, head Grandpa with the Grandpa Gang. “It’s a chance to give back to the community.”
Each year, Christmas Wonderland warms the hearts and helps families and friends capture the holiday spirit. All of the proceeds from the attraction’s seasonal revenue is returned to the community in the form of donations to local charities.
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact the Alton Visitor Center at 618-465-6676 to be added to the list to help make this event possible.