PARKERSBURG - More than 100 light displays will greet visitors to the annual Holiday in the Park at Parkersburg City Park and at Southwood Park through the end of the year and the holiday season.
Rick Lemley, chairman of Holiday in the Park, said a few new displays are part of the event this year and some others have been moved to new locations.
Lemley said one addition was new arches around the City Park Pond and on the eves of several buildings in the park. He said many of the lights will make the display more environmentally friendly with the use of energy-saving LED lights
Holiday in the Park 2010 opens in Parkersburg.
"This year we added LED lights that change color," he said. "We also have new icicle lights that are also LED lights on many buildings. We also have a new display featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks."
Holiday in the Park is in its 17th year and draws about 100,000 visitors to the parks, Lemley said, adding the exhibit averages around 100 displays each year.
"That's a good number to us to handle," he said.
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
A variety of signs greet visitors at Holiday in the Park in City Park in Parkersburg.
During the lighting ceremony Saturday evening at City Park, Jonelle Merritt and Evelyn Barnett were named as honorary co-chairwomen and were presented with plaques from Mayor Bob Newell.
Saturday's ceremony was at the main City Park horseshoe pits. Santa and Mrs. Claus handed out candy canes and took gift requests from several children. Christmas carols were sung by members of the Hamilton Middle School Choir.
Lemley said there is no charge to drive through the park to view the lights, however the donation booth will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The lights will be on from 6 to 11 p.m. every night. Lemley said the final night for the display will be Dec. 31.
Lighting The Way
The lights will be on from 6 to 11 p.m. every night.
The final night for the display is Dec. 31.
Carriage rides by Hardly Able Carriage Co. will be available on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, during the holiday season. Exhibits are also in place at Southwood Park off Blizzard Drive in south Parkersburg as part of Holiday in the Park.
The subject of this year's annual coloring contest for children from kindergarten through fifth grades is the new Alvin and the Chipmunks display. Coloring sheets can be picked up and returned at all Wood County schools through Dec. 3, organizers said.
Letters to Santa Claus may be addressed and put in the drop box at the City Park Pavilion. Santa will be answering each letter.