2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 12/25/2009 - 01:11.

Photo of Santa lights from 2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

One thing that makes East Cleveland unique is the annual Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, at Nela Park. A tradition since 1925 - and many of the decorations seem to date from then - this holiday lighting display runs through New Year's Day.

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

According to the GE website about Nela Park, "since 1970, the Nela Park holiday lighting extravaganza has stretched several blocks along Noble Road. In earlier years, the public could enter Nela Park to view the display, which was at that time, featured inside the grounds."

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

Interesting how life changed around Cleveland, after the riots. It is a shame casual public viewing of these lights seem another casualty of the racially charged 1960s. This display is now definitely designed for drive-by traffic - and there is a steady stream of cars during popular viewing times.

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

To see the lights in a more civilized, lingering manner, one must find a legal place to park, and hazard to cross Noble, and stand behind fences... but it is worth the effort... if you like holiday lights. These are as interesting as holiday lights get... this is the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, after all.

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

I'd love to see this displayed as intended, on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark Nela Park GE facility, now locked away from the public. Perhaps next year GE executives will lift their 40 year "black"-out and let the people of NEO back on the grounds of GE for proper viewing of this display.

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

2009 Holiday Lighting Display at GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, Nela Park, East Cleveland, Ohio

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Wonderful!!

Thank you for sharing this, Norm--this is a great present to open on Christmas Day! 

Thanks Norm.  I enjoyed the

Thanks Norm.  I enjoyed the beautiful photos of the lights.

Very pretty.

 

These lights are absolutly

These lights are absolutly beautiful.   Some of my favorite memories are of taking my son downtown to see the lights and the decorations that Higbee's and May Company displayed in the windows.  We would always go several times every year.

I wish more places would light up the communities during the holidays.  Maybe somebody can push Tremont into seeing the wonder of the glow and sparkle. 

 

Nela Park in snowfall

A few days later, on December 27, 2009, we had a nice snowstorm and I photographed the site again... enjoy:

 

Disrupt IT

Well the artistic display of

Well the artistic display of lighting at the Ohio is really a display of master piece of light working. When I saw the captions at your blog it just took me back into the sea of my old memories. Definitely, all other places all over the US should be decorated like this specially at the time of vacation. However, we must keep one thing in mind that these decorating lights are less energy consuming. Don't you think so? However, I don't mean I am  against the style of decoration. Only thing that I wanted to write here is let's not compel Americans to survive via flashlight giving up the sparkling lights by using the energy lavishly.