It may not even be Halloween yet but work on this year's Winter Wonderland is already in full swing.

“The first year was very small and then last year it just exploded,” said Winter Wonderland committee member Cathy Pelsor. So, we're hoping that this year is even bigger.”

Winter Wonderland held its inaugural event in the town park three years ago. It began with a self-proclaimed Christmas fanatic and a strand of lights. Pelsor, who also serves on the town board, saw other successful drive thru Christmas displays and wanted to bring that to Brookville. She got the green light from then town council president, Mike Biltz, and Pelsor along with the Winter Wonderland Committee have been able to grow the event each year.
That first year, Winter Wonderland used the old lights that used to line Main Street, and some solar lights to decorate the town park. The following year saw a massive uptick in interest in participation, with sponsored trees, upgraded electric and even a golf cart parade. Pelsor is planning all those things and more for this year's display.

So far, there are roughly 50-55 trees already sponsored. And new to this year's display, the Winter Wonderland Committee is adding drive-in Christmas movies in the park and a children's zone by the Popper Shelter.

Decorating will start in the town park on Saturday, Oct. 16. New this year, the committee is asking that everyone use LED lights so the displays are brighter and they can conserve electric. The committee will also be setting up cans in different businesses around town to collect donations. They are also looking for decoration donations as long as the lights are LED. Those donations can be dropped at the town hall.

The lighting, as well as the golf cart parade, are being held on Nov. 20. Pelsor also mentioned a Jeep parade might be held at a different date. Santa will also be making a visit at the parade.

Those interested in sponsoring a tree can get hold of Pelsor through the Winter Wonderland Facebook page, or by emailing her at brookvillewinterwonderland@gmail.com. Ideally, Pelsor will be able to meet interested sponsors in the town park so they can pick out a tree and fill out necessary forms.

People can begin decorating any time they want as long as it is complete by Nov. 14. This gives the committee a week to make sure everything is up to par before the lighting on Nov. 20.

Committee member Janet Tebbe said this truly is a labor of love. She said that Pelsor and her family truly live this during the holiday and go above and beyond.

“I couldn't even estimate how many hours they were down there last year,” said Tebbe.

The committee is hoping for more community participation than ever this year. They are inviting anyone who wants to sponsor a tree or join the parade to participate.

Anyone who wants to help the committee decorate on Oct. 16 is the town park is invited. Pelsor wanted to reiterate this is a community effort and to thank everyone who has been involved over the years.