Thousands celebrate New Year at California's Great America's Winter Fest

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- Thousands rang in the New Year at California's Great America's Winter Fest as fireworks lit up the South Bay sky Friday night.

Organizers expected up to 20,000 people to attend the theme park's annual Winter Fest.

"I love seeing kids and families so happy and excited," said Bradley Irish, California's Great America entertainment manager. "Especially after such a tough year."

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ABC7 spoke to families about what they hope for in 2022.

"A calmer year than the year before... a little more normal," one person said.

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"No more COVID and no more work from home," said another.

"Lots of fun and good health for our loved ones," another guest said.

"2021 was the worst... I think 2022 can change our lives."

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More than one million lights draped the trees surrounding the park as families bundled up enjoying the sights and sounds. The park stayed open until 12:30 a.m. as crowds gathered counting down to the new year.

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