Christmas in the Park holds special meaning for area coupleIt's Christmas time in the city and Christmas in the Park is back lighting the Grand Forks Greenway. It's the 12th year the Grand Forks Lions Club has put on the event - but this weekend featured a special surprise.
By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ
It's Christmas time in the city and Christmas in the Park is back lighting the Grand Forks Greenway. It's the 12th year the Grand Forks Lions Club has put on the event - but this weekend featured a special surprise.
The holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends and show your love to the ones you care about most. And for one couple, Christmas in the Park was an opportunity to do just that.
Pull into the Grand Forks Christmas in the Park and you'll be greeted by Lions Club members and dozens of light displays - which can be viewed from the comfort of your car. The displays are sponsored by more than 40 local businesses.
For one couple the bright lights bring a bright future with them. At the end of the displays Jake Peterson of East Grand Forks took the opportunity to propose to girlfriend Rebecca Nyberg of Grand Forks with his own lighted sign. At 8:00 pm Friday night, in the frigid weather -- 13 degrees below zero -- Jake got down on one knee and Rebecca said yes -- even though she was hesitant to take her glove off in the cold to put on the ring.
"I got all the supplies ready the last couple of nights and actually we were supposed to hangout the last couple of nights and then I lied to her and said I was working on snowmobiles with my friend and right after work today a coworker of mine and I set it up and there it was and it turned out pretty well actually," said Jake.
Jake and Rebecca have been dating for the last year and a half. The couple started their evening with their own tradition.
"We just went out to eat at the Boardwalk, that's the restaurant that we used to go to often when we first started dating and we hadn't been there for a while so we just ate dinner there," Rebecca said.
"I could barely eat my food I was nervous the whole time," said Jake.
Christmas in the Park will forever hold a fond memory in their hearts. As a couple, it was their first time visiting the drive-through light display together. But it won't be the last.
"I think it's my first time doing the whole park thing," Jake said. "I've done it before with my family but I told him that we should go so this is our first time. We'll probably make it a tradition though," Rebecca said. "I think we have to," Jake said.
Jake proposed to Rebecca on the date 12/13 and says they're thinking of getting married in Grand Forks one year from their proposal -- 12/13/14.
If you're thinking of popping the question or just a good time with loved ones, Christmas in the park runs through December 31. It's located on Lincoln Drive off Belmont Road and 13th Avenue South in Grand Forks.