Dec. 9-10: West Jefferson’s Christmas in the Park

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A trackless train is one of the new attractions at this year’s Christmas in the Park in West Jefferson. Both children and adults are invited to go for a ride.

(Posted Dec. 5, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Put on by the West Jefferson Community Association (WJCA), this year’s Christmas in the Park is a two-day event that will take place under more than 300,000 lights in Garrette Park. The celebration is set for 5-10 p.m. Dec. 9-10. From entertainment to food, everything is free; donations are welcome.

The man of the hour, Santa Claus, will be available to hear children’s wishes both nights. He can be found in the Santa House from 5-10 p.m. Friday and after the parade on Saturday until 10 p.m. Participants are asked to sign up for a time slot by leaving their name and phone number at the Santa House; they will receive a text when it’s their turn. Parents are welcome to bring their own cameras to take photos.

Bonus Santa hours are planned for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. (No other activities will take place during this time.) Call Carol Beachy, WJCA president, to make an appointment, (614) 406-7033.

“We’ve added the extra hours to give Santa more time with more kids. It might give families with younger kids or kids with special needs a little more time,” Beachy said.

New this year is a trackless train ride for children and adults, and the carriage rides are back. For both, participants are asked to sign up for a time slot by leaving their name and phone number at the Gingerbread House; they will receive a text when it’s their turn.

Per tradition, the West Jefferson High School music department will provide live entertainment throughout the evening on Friday. The music lineup for Saturday features two groups new to Christmas in the Park: the Norwood Elementary School choir and the Madison Coral Group.

The lighted parade will lineup at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the West Jefferson American Legion Post, 9701 W. Broad St., and step off at 5:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to enter; just show up at 4 p.m. Organizers ask that participants try to incorporate lights into their entries. The parade will travel west on Main Street, left onto Twin Street, and left onto Fellows Avenue.

A full menu of food will be available to pick up in the shelter house with seating for eating in the entertainment tent. The offerings include hot chocolate, cookies, hotdogs, popcorn, chicken and noodles, sloppy Joes, and chili.

Beachy invites everyone to visit Christmas in the Park for “fun, food and fellowship made possible by the local community.”

The main sponsors of this year’s Christmas in the Park are the village of West Jefferson, Straight Up Equipment (provided the lift to string lights), Mike’s Trucking and Grade A Plumbing (trackless train), and S&P Stump Grinding and West Jefferson Hardware (carriage rides).

Monetary donations to help offset costs associated with the celebration and display can be made out to “Christmas in the Park” and mailed to P.O. Box 292, West Jefferson, OH 43162.

Lights in the park will be lit nightly through Jan. 1.

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