POINT PLEASANT — The 14th annual Christmas Fantasy Light Show opens Friday night at Krodel Park.
The light show runs through Dec. 31 and is free, though donations are appreciated.
Workers with the City of Point Pleasant and Charles Humphreys, director of Main Street Point Pleasant, have been working on putting up the display since October. There are an estimated 150 pieces in the light show and this year, animation has been added to some of the displays, as well as Christmas music. Animated displays are planned for one of the main shelters and the clubhouse. There is also a new special lighting effect planned for the entire Fort Randolph.
The displays fill Krodel Park and surround the lake, with the reflection of lights bouncing off the water. In addition to being pretty to look at, Humphreys said the show brought in an estimated 30,000 people to the park last year and he’s hoping for 40,000 this year. As Humphreys points out, these people also spend money in Point Pleasant, bringing in thousands of dollars to local businesses.
The show is put on every year thanks to donations from individuals and businesses in the community, and support from the City of Point Pleasant and Main Street Point Pleasant. On Wednesday, Carolin Harris presented Main Street Point Pleasant with a check from the Main Street Cruise Car Club to be spent on the light show to keep it going for the community and especially for the children.
Humphreys said the light show has become a tradition in the community with many families telling him their children grew up with it and now, when they return home for Christmas, a visit to Krodel Park makes the season complete.
The light show also relies on volunteers to work the donation booth each night with many individuals and organizations giving their time to give back to this attraction that benefits the community.
As of Wednesday, Butch Bonecutter, Rick Dawson and Jeremy McNeely with the City of Point Pleasant were busy putting up displays in the park, getting ready for Friday’s opening night.
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