For those who wonder about the logistics of putting on the wonderland that is West Jefferson Christmas in the Park, here are some fun facts and answers to frequently asked questions.
How many lights are in the display? 300,000. That’s 3,000 individual strands, which, if plugged end-to-end, would stretch 18.75 miles.
How many light strands can you connect together? Six.
How many extension cords are used? About 100 cords of various lengths.
How high are the lights strung? 60 feet to the tallest trees.
How many times is each strand of lights used? Each strand is individually checked each year before going up in the trees. They are repaired, if possible, and re-used for four or five years.
How are the lights checked? Organizers use two commercial light-tester boxes and several handheld testers. Lights are sometime repaired as they go up in the trees.
What time do the lights come on? About 5 p.m. nightly until midnight on Jan. 1.
How long does it take to decorate the trees? About 80 hours, starting the first week of November.
Who pays for the lights and electricity? All costs are covered by donations.
Where can I make a donation? Donations can be mailed to Christmas in the Park, P.O. Box 292, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
Is there a charge for admission or parking for Christmas in the Park? Admission and parking are free. Small fees are charged for the carriage rides, pictures with Santa, and concessions.
Why aren’t Santa, food, and carriage rides at the park any other time than the second weekend of December? All of the workers are volunteers, and they like to spend time with their families during the holiday season.
When is the Parade of Lights and what is the route? This year, the parade will take place on Dec. 13. Line-up is at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot at American Legion Post 201, 9701 W. Broad St. The parade will kick off at 5:30, traveling through downtown West Jefferson, turning onto Twin Street, and finishing at the park. For details, call Sandy Boucher, 614-879-9662.
How long does it take to tear down and put everything away? About six weeks.
How do you keep the lights from getting tangled when you put them away? The light strands are rolled in a coil and wrapped with masking tape, then laid into large plastic bins for storage throughout the rest of the year.