JONESBORO- Display after display, Winter Wonderland marks years of hard work to bring joy to the residents of Jonesboro.
"Everything is hand painted. All of the displays have been put together. Nothing has been brought in. It's all original," said Alison Chetister.
In fact, it was originality and the dream of a local woman that led to the creation of Winter Wonderland back in 1995.
"She just wanted to do something that was good for everybody. She had such a good heart. She dedicated so much of her time to this place, just to see the smiles on everybody's face. That's what it was all for, just to bring happiness to everybody in Jonesboro," said Chetister.
Alison is talking about her mom Donna, who was the co-founder and the vision behind Winter Wonderland.
After moving to Jonesboro from Ohio, Donna wanted to create a place that everyone could enjoy, and a place everyone could afford.
"I can remember helping my mom make some of the things to go in the original Wonderland when I was about 13 years old or something. I was real young," said Chetister.
Alison's mom Donna lost her battle with cancer in November of last year, leaving behind a legacy for years to come.
"She wouldn't have had it any other way. We're doing it partly in memory of her. She worked so hard, and so much of her is in here. We couldn't just let that go. We will fight to keep it going," said Chetister.
And as the joyous attraction opens its doors to the public once again, Alison now knows the true spirit of Winter Wonderland.
"It brings a smile to my face. It lets me know that all of the time my mom put in here..why she did it. Just to see that on their face, just to see that joy. Sometimes I go up in the room upstairs and I look down on everybody and it will just bring tears to your eyes seeing everybody have such a good time here," said Chetister.
Winter Wonderland will remain open through the 22nd at their location at 231 South Main Street..
You can stop by Wednesday through Fridays from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m.
They are also open on Saturdays from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free and you can visit Santa each night starting at 6:00 p.m. 3