POINT PLEASANT — With Thanksgiving 2015 in the history books, that means the Christmas season is officially under way.
In Point Pleasant, the annual Christmas parade takes place at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 on Main Street. Line-up is from 5-5:30 p.m. at the Mason County Board of Education Office at 1200 Main St. There is no registration required, but calling ahead to the Mason County Tourism Center at 304-675-6788 to confirm participation is appreciated.
Immediately following the end of the Christmas Parade will be the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Gunn Park. This is the second year for the return of this tradition to Point Pleasant and will include Pastor Bob Patterson speaking, as well as performances by the PPJ/SHS Choir and bands.
Fourth Street will be closed to traffic during the tree lighting ceremony with risers for singers to perform being set up in the area. In addition, an enhanced sound system will be provided by Rob Jarrell. Santa Claus will also be at the festivities.
This year’s tree has already been placed at Gunn Park and was donated by Crow-Hussell Funeral Home. The tree is so large this year, it would get the seal of approval from Clark W. Griswold Jr.
In addition to the city’s Christmas tree being lit, so will trees for the inaugural “Light of Christmas” tree project. The project includes placing live Christmas trees at Gunn Park for the Christmas season to benefit Mason County Toys for Kids. These trees are smaller than the city’s official Christmas tree and are not meant to overpower it but enhance it, beautifying the park even more. There is a $20 fee to place a tree which goes to Mason County Toys for Kids to benefit local children this year at Christmas.
Schools, businesses, churches, organizations, individuals, groups or clubs are responsible for getting a real tree six to 10 feet in height, decorating the tree with any theme and bringing it to Gunn Park between 9-11 a.m. Dec. 1. Thomas Do It Center is providing free stakes to secure the trees and someone will be on hand to help secure the trees. Location of the tree will be on a first come, first served basis. Decorations can be made or purchased. Call 304-593-6055, or 304-593-2071 for more information and to register for the project.
After the tree-lighting ceremony, residents can drive out to the Krodel Park Christmas Fantasy Light Show which began last week. The show is free, though donations are appreciated, and includes 150 pieces of displays throughout the park.
If there were to be heavy rains the night of the Christmas Parade and tree-lighting ceremony, a rain date has been set for Friday, Dec. 11.
Marla Cottrill, of Willa’s Bible Bookstore, is credited with helping to bring back the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree which hadn’t been done in years. Last year was the first attempt at bringing back the tradition which continues to grow.
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