ST. GEORGE – Streets in the area of West Bloomington Drive South were once again lined with thousands of luminarias Christmas Eve. Lit around 5 p.m., the tiny lights are anticipated to burn into the morning hours as their illumination greets the coming of Christmas Day.
“Every Christmas Eve we try and go around the neighborhood and set luminarias in front of everybody’s house,” said Chandler Harr, whose family started the event.
“We do this because Christmas is really an important time of year for us, and what better way to try and help celebrate that than by trying to light up everybody’s life by having a little light in front of their house,” he said.
Last year the Harr family set out 3,000 luminarias – small paper bags with some sand and a candle set inside – and invited friends and neighbors to participate in placing the Christmas candles around the area.
“Last year we did luminarias in this neighborhood and wanted to continue it this year,” Brad Harr, Chandler Harr’s father, said. “It’s been a pretty good thing. It was really pretty last year.”
The candles used in the luminarias are expected to burn into the early morning, he said.
“They have 10-hour candles, so they should last till about two or three in the morning, to bring the Christmas season in, to bring Christmas Day in, for our friends and neighbors here,” Brad Harr said.
St. George News Senior Reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this story.
Ed. note: Corrected spelling of luminaria.
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