PRESS RELEASE: “Light Up the Night” Event Restructures


In spite of the challenges of 2020, Prairie Home Hospice will host the Annual “Light Up the Night” event again this year. “While many communities across the state decided not to hold holiday light shows this year, we felt that the community needed this holiday tradition more than ever”, said Tara Plante, Marketing & Development Director for Prairie Home Hospice. “The event may look a little different this year, but there will be lights – tens of thousands of bright, beautiful lights!”

In efforts to contribute to decreasing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and comply with the Governor’s recent Executive Orders, plans for the Annual Light Up the Night event have changed a bit.

We will still turn the holiday lights on at independence Park – and they’ll be on every night, 7 days each week from 5 – 7 pm.  People can walk through the park to enjoy the lights, but are required to social distance from each other, except for members of the same household. We also encourage people to wear masks or face coverings while in the park.

We will not be able to provide trolley rides, hay rides or horse drawn carriage rides – at least until the Governors current orders are reconsidered on December 18th. If restrictions are lifted at that time, we’ll begin offering those rides. In the meantime, we will offer a drive through option on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. once the ground is frozen enough to tolerate traffic.

We will NOT be able to hold the Holiday Parade as planned on November 27th – but we’re hoping we may be able to hold the parade later in the holiday season, after the Governor’s Orders are reconsidered on December 18th. If that happens, we’ll get the word out. Check our website at for updates and weather related announcements throughout the coming weeks.

We’re very excited that this year’s event will still kick off with a great Holiday Fireworks Display on Friday, November 27th.

The fireworks will begin about 7 pm at Independence Park in Marshall. While people may walk through the park at any time, we encourage folks to plan to watch the fireworks from your car. There are several parking lots in the area near the park that will make great places to view the fireworks from. Turn your radio to KMHL 101.7 FM or 1400 AM to listen to holiday music during the fireworks.

While Light Up the Night may look a little different this year, we hope everyone will come out and enjoy the magic of the holiday lights at Independence Park in Marshall. AND, we hope you’ll consider leaving a donation in one of the red donation mailboxes located at the park. Donations can also be made on our website or may be mailed to the Prairie Home Hospice office at 408 East Main Street, Marshall. Your donations will not only help support this year’s event, but will help to ensure we are able to continue this event in future years.

Happy Holidays from Prairie Home Hospice – and our many event partners, including the City of Marshall and Holy Redeemer Church.

For more information, updates, or weather related announcements, please go to our website at and click on our events page.

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