Wind and cold didn’t dampen spirits at West Jeff’s Christmas in the Park

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(Posted Dec. 13, 2021)

By Jeff Pfeil, staff photographer

West Jefferson celebrated Christmas in the Park on Dec. 11. The day started with high winds and rain and ended with dropping temperature, but spirits were high as a parade kicked off the festivities, traveling through downtown and ending at Garrette Park. There, visitors enjoyed hot food and beverages, crafts, carriage rides, visits with Santa, and the light display. The entertainment was cancelled when winds caused the loss of a tent. Mud was an issue in some areas due to the playground construction. Despite the challenges, the night was a success. The lights will be on at the park nightly through Jan. 1.

For the parade that kicked off West Jefferson’s Christmas in the Park, Phil Snyder drove his antique IH pickup truck nicknamed “Jack,” decked out with Christmas lights and a tree in the back.
Jaxon Mendera, 2, and his brother, 4-year-old Jordan, smile for the camera. Afterwards, they excitedly told Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
Carriage rides are a popular attraction at Christmas in the Park. The free rides were provided by the Christmas in the Park committee.
A nice crowd gathered at the park to enjoy the Christmas lights and festivities, despite a cold, windy night.
A family poses for a photo in front of a large lighted Christmas tree.

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