PARKERSBURG — The 29th annual Holiday in the Park Christmas lighting show opened Saturday at City Park.
The opening ceremony included carols, Pastor Jamie Sprague leading the invocation and a welcome from Miss West Virginia Teen USA Lakyn Campbell, appearing on behalf of Mayor Tom Joyce, who was unable to attend the festivities.
“This event is so special to me,” said Campbell, a 2023 graduate of Parkersburg High School where she excelled in tennis and earned All-State honors.
The choir from Hamilton Middle School sang Christmas carols.
“I think this is the biggest choir we ever had to show up,” said Jonelle Merritt, event organizer.
Holiday in the Park and its dozens of lighted Christmas scenes will be on display through New Year’s.
Saturday’s event included the arrival of Santa Claus on an antique fire truck and extended hours at the Henry Cooper Log Cabin.
Holiday in the Park includes dozens of lighted displays involving many volunteers who began preparations in August and worked every day the past few weeks for Saturday’s opening.
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