'Christmas In Wadena' rated 'excellent' among state's light shows

After another successful year of fundraising and entertaining, the "Christmas In Wadena" light display hit another milestone worthy of shedding some light on.

The "Christmas in Wadena" show is on display next to the Wadena-Deer Creek School at the home of GP Anderson each year during the weeks prior to and after Christmas. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

The "Christmas in Wadena" show is on display next to the Wadena-Deer Creek School at the home of GP Anderson each year during the weeks prior to and after Christmas. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

GP Anderson presents a check to Wadena Food Shelf volunteers Alice Houle and Mary Ann Hagen. Submitted photo

GP Anderson presents a check to Wadena Food Shelf volunteers Alice Houle and Mary Ann Hagen. Submitted photo

One website has listed the "Christmas In Wadena" light show under the excellent rating for residential Christmas light shows synchronized to music. The site mnholidaylights.com shows all known light displays in the state, active or not. Those that get the most clicks earn a top rating. Along with Wadena are shows in Willmar, Clearwater, Eden Prairie, Minnetrista and New Hope.

Top-rated light shows in Minnesota include shows in Wadena, Clearwater, Minnetrista, New Hope, Eden Prairie and Willmar. Map courtesy of mnholidaylights.com

Top-rated light shows in Minnesota include shows in Wadena, Clearwater, Minnetrista, New Hope, Eden Prairie and Willmar. Map courtesy of mnholidaylights.com

"Google analytics thru the amount of web traffic, engagements, postings, YouTube and views," is what helped earn a top rating according to GP Anderson, the creator of the animated light show. Videos, put together by Andre Anderson, showing off the many views of the light shows likely helped those views soar.

Anderson recently gathered up food and monetary gifts to bring to Project Share of Wadena, the local food shelf in Wadena. Thanks to donations from those enjoying the light show, Anderson was able to deliver a check for $1,854.56 along with 381 pounds of food to Alice Houle and Mary Ann Hagen, volunteers of the Wadena Food Shelf. Over the past eleven years, "Christmas In Wadena" has collected more than 3,832 pounds of food and $14,429.66 for the food shelf, according to Anderson. 

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