Noble Road lights will complement Nela Park displays
Noble Road residents, businesses and institutions are being encouraged to “Light Up Noble!” again this year. Noble Neighbors (www.nobleneighbors.com) is inviting everyone with Noble Road frontage to illuminate their windows, creating a corridor of lights along one of the neighborhood’s main streets.
Each holiday season, thousands of visitors drive through the neighborhood to see the lighting display at General Electric’s Nela Park, 1975 Noble Road. Lighting the two-mile stretch of Noble between Mayfield Road and Nela Park will provide a welcome to these visitors and give them another way to discover the neighborhood.
This year’s Nela Park holiday lighting has a “melodies and memories” theme. The display, which will span six blocks along Noble Road, will be visible from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1., and, for the first time in almost 60 years, some displays will be publicly accessible inside the gates of the campus during limited hours. Non-commercial passenger vehicle traffic will be guided through the interior grounds on three Friday evenings—Dec. 8, 15 and 22—from 6–9 p.m. Lights inside the campus will draw inspiration from Nela’s 93 years of holiday lighting.
While the displays along Noble Road may be viewed by pedestrians or people riding in any kind of vehicle, visitors may only view the displays inside the gates from a car, not by walking. Heavier vehicles, such as buses or trolleys, cannot be accommodated by some of the bridges within the campus, and the no-pedestrian rule is for safety reasons.
On Dec. 1, Nela Park will host its annual lighting ceremony. Families of employees and their guests will gather around a replica of the National Christmas Tree on the lawn. GE Lighting has been designing and lighting the tree in Washington for more than 50 years. Greater Clevelanders won’t need to travel to the Ellipse to see it, though. A replica will be in our own front yard.
Brenda H. May
Brenda H. May is one of the leaders of Noble Neighbors.