Admission is by donation and proceeds are donated to local non-profit groups and used to upgrade Smith Park.
The Light Up Middletown committee also tries to add attractions and move light displays around Smith Park, Landen said.
This year, visitors will drive through a longer tunnel as they enter the park and pass candy cane lane. A 30-foot Christmas tree has also been added near the electronic tree display.
Santa Claus will be at Light Up Middletown from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. Pictures will be available for $10 or two for $15, Landen said. Santa will greet the children in the Santa House.
Hot air balloons will once again be on display during a special balloon glow event from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.
Randall also announced a new board chairperson and officers for the 2017 season. Bill Becker will be the chairperson. Larry Blitz (vice chair), Tim Pruett (treasurer), Barney Strassburger (site manager) and Ed Dobrozsi and Josh Laubach will continue to serve on the board.
Strassburger said volunteers from AK Steel helped set up the lights this year, and the warm weather allowed the Grandpa Gang, a group of longtime volunteers, to be ahead of schedule.