Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association

Night of Lights

On Sunday evening December 19th, our Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association celebrates the Annual Night of Lights! Every year our neighborhood sparkles with thousands of glowing candles.

Watts-Hillandale has a spirited history of celebrating the holidays by lining our streets with luminaries, brightening our neighborhood with the warming glow of candlelight. This tradition began back in 1985 by Caron Mayo, then vice president of WHHNA, and a cheerful group of volunteers.  Ever since, we’ve come together in unity to stroll our streets in the brisk winter air, joining groups of carolers as we host open homes and parties.

This year is our 36th celebration and will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19th. In the unlikely event that it rains, we’ll celebrate on Wednesday, December 22nd. Rain is ending – NOL is ON for Sunday 12/19/21.

Luminaria supplies will be on sale at the southern end of the Oval Park at the picnic shelter on December 18th and 19th from 12 to 5 pm. On Sunday, we’ll be selling until we either sell out or until 5 pm.  Luminary kits are sold in sets of 10 for $5, or you may purchase individual/additional sets for $0.50 each.  To help reduce waste, please bring a bucket, pail or reusable bag to fill up with sand.  

Night of Lights is not just a Watts-Hillandale tradition. Through the InterNeighborhood Council, member neighborhoods coordinate their Night of Lights celebrations and Old West Durham enthusiastically embraces this event (we understand that they began their materials sale in November). Our Night of Lights Celebration is not affiliated with or symbolic of any one religion or ideology. We simply want to mark the age old tradition that so many countries and cultures have noted for millennia: that light in the dark of winter can give hope and joy. If you are new to our neighborhood, this is a wonderful way to meet your neighbors and spread some joy in our community.

Our Night of Lights celebration is also the time of year when we come together to collect donations for our neighbors in need at the Community Café.

This year, the Community Café is in need of some particular pantry items as we near the holiday season— breakfast cereal and packaged oatmeal and canned fruit to start the day off right—and canned soups, mac ‘n cheese, canned meat and canned vegetables to end the day with a comforting meal.  Of course, peanut butter and pasta sauce, pantry staples like paper plates, towels and napkins, and condiments would all be very helpful to our neighbors in need.  This year the Community Café would like us to know they also accept donations of warm winter wear—gloves, hats and coats, too. 

When you stop by Oval Park for supplies, drop off your gift of canned goods and money for the Community Café. You can also renew your membership, too, getting you a free luminaria kit. Members that have already renewed for 2021-2022 get one free set!

Some History: Watts-Hillandale has a spirited history of celebrating the holidays by lining our streets with luminaries, brightening our neighborhood with the warming glow of candlelight. This tradition began back in 1985 by Caron Mayo, then vice president of WHHNA, and a cheerful group of volunteers.  Ever since, we’ve come together in unity to stroll our streets in the brisk winter air, joining groups of carolers as we host open homes and parties.

Night of Lights 2019

December 15th: Dusk until the candles burn out ~ 11:00 pm   (Rain date Wednesday 12/18/19.)

Let’s join together to share in the glow of warming light! This year marks the 34th anniversary of our neighborhood’s Night of Lights luminaria display. We need 100% participation to make Watts-Hillandale sparkle with lights. Help make your street the brightest in the neighborhood. Everything you need — bags, candles, and sand (it is helpful if you bring a bag or pail to carry your sand home) — will be on sale at the picnic shelter at the south end of Oval Park on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, from noon until 5 p.m. Supplies for each luminaria still cost just 50 cents. What a deal! Association members get a bonus luminaria! Not yet a member for 2019-2020? You can easily join or renew at this same time; cost is still $5 per person.

Our Night of Lights Celebration is not affiliated with or symbolic of any one religion or ideology. We simply want to mark the age old tradition that so many countries and cultures have noted for millennia: that light in the dark of winter can give hope and joy .

 

updated 12/16/21 dd