Last updated: November 28. 2013 6:51AM - 1641 Views
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CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — Christmas in the Park will open its 20th season tonight at Chief Logan State Park at 5:15 p.m.

Christmas in the Park includes approximately two and one-half miles of lights and displays, Santa Land and a gift shop.

A celebration commemorating Christmas in the Park will be held Thurs., Dec. 5, where Logan County native and current Governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, will be guest speaker.

“The Governor will be here to help celebrate our 20th anniversary,” Tim Tomblin, President of the Logan Guyandotte Improvement Committee Inc., said.

Tomblin said there have been three new displays added to the event this year. Last year, vandals damaged several displays that were unable to be repaired.

“We fixed some of them,” Tomblin said. “There were two or three of them that we couldn’t.”

Tomblin asks if anyone sees anyone damaging or stealing displays to call the LGIC office at 304-752-2219 or the local police.

Santa Claus will be at Santa Land beginning Mon., Dec. 2, from 6-8 p.m. where children can have their picture taken with Santa. Santa Land will be open Mon.-Sat. from 6-8 p.m. Santa will not be available on Sundays.

Visitors to Christmas in the Park come to Logan from surrounding areas. Tri-River Transit Authority also provides an opportunity to see Christmas in the Park this year on Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. It is necessary to reserve seats in advance. For reservations, call Tri-River Transit at 304-824-2944 no later than the Thursday before. Time of departure is 5 p.m. and cost per person is $5 round trip. Pick up locations are White’s Plaza at Hamlin; Logan Park in Ride at Logan; Lincoln Plaza at West Hamlin and Magic Mart at Danville.

Christmas in the Park is staffed by volunteers who set up and maintain the holiday display. There is no charge to visit Christmas in the Park, although donations are accepted when cars enter or leave the park. Money from the contributions pay for the electricity, replace bulbs and help purchase new displays.

“It takes all our donations to pay the electric bill and to keep buying items for the displays,” Tomblin said.

Christmas in the Park will run from Nov. 28 until Dec. 31, with displays being lit from 5:15-10 p.m.

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