Photos: Christmas in West Jefferson

 Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil
 Garrette Park is all lit up for Christmas in the Park. The lights will be on nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight until Jan. 1.
 Kylie Munk, 7, of Columbus reads a Christmas story to a group of youngsters who are waiting to have their pictures taken with Santa.
West Jefferson’s Christmas in the Park kicked off on Dec. 12 with a weekend of festivities, including a visit from you-know-who. (Above) Sidney Madden, 5 months old, from West Jefferson sits on Santa’s lap.
Kory Weldy, owner of Dream Acres Farm, waits for another group to load into the carriage for a ride through the historic district of West Jefferson.
Santa and Grandma Zuko turn on the 300,000 lights in Garrette Park during the opening ceremonies Dec. 12 for West Jefferson’s Christmas in the Park.
The Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library Singers try to stay warm as they perform Christmas carols on the stage in front of the Santa House. Temperatures dipped into the 20s.
The Ox Roast queens and court prepare for the lighted parade, which traveled through downtown West Jefferson on Dec. 12.
Norwood pre-school students wait for the parade to start.
Mason Converse and Ryan Denes warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in the shelter house while Santa keeps a watchful eye over them.
Cameron Jones, 6, and his stepmother, Renee Jones of Galloway, enjoy a cup of homemade chili and hot chocolate after seeing the lights at Christmas in the Park.
The West Jefferson Community Association held its 45th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Dec. 11 at West Jefferson High School. More than 150 senior citizens were the guests of honor. Each received a gift bag. Santa gave out door prizes, and the Hum-Dingers from Grove City performed. The youngest members of the Hum-Dingers are in their 60’s; two members are 93 years old.
Helen Norris, dressed in her Christmas sweater, was among the guests who enjoyed social time before dinner.
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