Marion, Indiana's history as Christmas City USA dates back to 1965 when an Indianapolis television station visited Marion to film the city's elaborate holiday decorations. Marion adopted Christmas City USA as a nickname, and ever since, the entire community has celebrated Christmas in a big way. Drive through or walk through light display that is among the largest in Indiana. The route is 2.5 miles long and encompasses 2.5 million lights. More than 65,000 vehicles drive through annually with nearly 200,000 passengers. Lit nightly from 6-10 pm. $5 season sticker per car. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and Christmas goodies are available in the Gift Shoppe, along with holiday gift items for all of your friends and family. The Grinch appears at the gift shoppe each Friday and Sunday, while Santa Claus appears each Saturday.