Christmas light display honors children lost in Moore tornado

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

YUKON, Okla. - As the temperatures dip, it may feel a bit like Christmas for folks across the state.

Yukon's Christmas in the Park is an annual stop for many families wanting to get in the Christmas spirit.

This year, a few new displays are adding a little light to one of Oklahoma's darkest times.

In the past, visitors would simply drive by an empty spot at the Christmas in the Park display.

Now, that space is filled with seven candles.

"The candles represent the seven children lost in the Plaza Towers School," said Lee Hibberd.

Next to the candles is a glowing angel and a Hope Tree that symbolizes serenity and purity.

"Kids need to have fun and be looked after. Children are special in the world," he said.

Lee Hibberd is a street department foreman with the City of Yukon.

His daughter, Emma, is a student at Briarwood Elementary, which was also hit by the May 20, 2013 tornado.

"I just want her to know that when something bad happens, good does come out of it," he said.

While the park wants to help a nearby community heal, it is also asking for help from the public.

On Monday, the City of Yukon says one of the prominent light displays went missing from the park.

Christmas in the Park is open to the public through New Year's Eve.

In all, organizers say there are 4 million lights spanned across 100 acres.

See a mistake? Report a typo here.