Brittany and Kale Malmsten

Brittany and Kale Malmsten offer a holiday light tour Wednesday of the Winter Wonderland at Augusta West Kampground in Winthrop. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

More than 2,000 people have already booked reservations for Augusta West Kampground’s “Winter Wonderland” holiday light show in Winthrop, Maine, which features roughly 200,000 lights spanning nearly a mile, according to CentralMaine.com.

The event has been in the works since April when camp owner Kale Malmsten met up with Kaleb Pushard of SkyBox Holiday & Event Lighting and pitched the idea.

Malmsten said he had been dreaming of hosting a large, festive event on his family’s campground property since he was in high school. Now, thousands are getting into the holiday spirit by driving or walking through the myriad lights and decorated trees along Annabessacook Lake.

Malmsten said that if all the lights were extended end to end, they would reach from the campground to Litchfield’s elementary school.

“I think 200,000 lights for the first year is pretty adequate,” he said. “We add stuff every day. We go, ‘Oh, we could light this or that up.’ We’ll throw lights on a spot that was a little dark, just to make everything pop. It’s pretty exciting.”

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