Holiday Light Fantasia opens week late after theft
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A robbery of two trailers for the Holiday Light Fantasia delayed the start of the event, but Goodwin Park was a lit up in support of Channel 3 Kids Camp on Friday.
The Holiday Light Fantasia trailers were broken into sometime during the overnight hours on Nov. 14. Whoever was responsible made off with items such as chainsaws, a welder and copper wire that was to be used to wire the lights for the yearly holiday event.
Officials at the Channel 3 Kids Camp estimate the damages to be between $45,000 and $50,000, which does not include the estimated $25,000 loss of revenue from the delayed opening.
The overnight break-in and theft of equipment delayed the opening of the holiday event by one week. Event officials said the park will now open to the public on Saturday.
On Friday, it was VIP Premier Night and was a chance to celebrate the holiday spirit.
Holiday Light Fantasia benefits the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover. The camp has been helping children for more than 100 years build lifelong friendships at an accessible and inclusive camping experience.
Children from every county in Connecticut and across New England attend the camp.
The theft came after event coordinators were trying to recover from what Hurricane Sandy did to the displays, and on Wednesday contractors were expected to be putting the final touches on display.
Hartford police also told Eyewitness News that officers will be patrolling Goodwin Park during the evening hours to look for any suspicious behavior.
No arrests have been made in the robbery and the incident is still under investigation by Hartford police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or by calling the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Holiday Light Fantasia between the hours of 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Anyone interested is asked to call 860-742-2267.
Holiday Light Fantasia is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The admission is $12 per car, up to 10 passengers.
For more information about the Channel 3 Kids Camp, click here. For information about the Holiday Light Fantasia, click here.
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