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It's going to be a not-so-bright winter wonderland this year as Columbia's Symphony of Lights has been postponed until fall 2016, the Howard Hospital Foundation announced Tuesday. The display is expected to return following the redevelopment of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

Benefiting Howard County General Hospital, the 20-minute drive-through Symphony of Lights display attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year, the foundation said, raising $7.5 million over the last 21 years.

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While visitors will not be able to enjoy the animated and stationary light displays this year, the 250,000 bulbs will be replaced over the next year with environmentally friendly LED lights.

"The displays, many of which are original and more than 20 years old, will be refurbished and updated so that when we return in 2016, Symphony of Lights will be brighter and better than ever," said Sandy Harriman, vice president of development for Howard Hospital Foundation, in a statement provided by the foundation.

As an effort to continue spreading holiday cheer, a video of the Symphony of Lights will be available at hcgh.org/symphonyoflights. Past visitors are also asked to post their photos and experiences at Facebook.com/symphonyoflightsfestivities, which the foundation said will host next year's event.

Anyone interested in donating $10 to the display refurbishments can go to hcgh.org/brightenthelights.

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