Sparkling good time at Garrette Park

Holly Lewis of London celebrates her fifth birthday in front of a new ornament display at Christmas in the Park. Adept Products in West Jefferson created the ornament. Members of the Christmas in the Park committee decorated it.

(Posted Dec. 14, 2022)

By Jeff Pfeil, Staff Photographer

West Jefferson’s 27th Christmas in the Park took place Dec. 9-10 at Garrette Park. Rain on Friday dampened the air but not the spirits of those who took part. The weather was perfect on Saturday night. A large crowd turned out to enjoy a lighted parade, the light display at the park, Santa, carriage and train rides, food and drinks, and entertainment. Lights at the park will remain on nightly, 5-10 p.m., until Jan. 1.

Zander Shriver, 4, of West Jefferson is all smiles as he sits on Santa’s lap.
A trackless train was a new addition to the event this year. The train was part of the lighted parade before heading to the park to offer free rides to children and adults.
The West Jefferson Ox Roast queen and court (shown here) took part in the lighted parade, as did the London Strawberry Festival queen and court. Both groups and their families enjoyed a Christmas party at American Legion Post 201 prior to the parade.
The Norwood Elementary School Choir sings Christmas carols inside the entertainment and hospitality tent.
A large crowd came to Garrette Park for the 27th Christmas in the Park on Saturday night to enjoy the lights and Christmas atmosphere.
The West Jefferson High School Jazz Band performs Christmas music on Friday night at Christmas in the Park.
Cha-den McKee, 3, of Grove City visits Christmas in the Park with his mother, Monet Williams.
Thanks to donations, visitors to Christmas in the Park were treated to free carriage rides through the streets of West Jefferson.
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