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Christmas in the Park Opening Friday in Downtown Henderson’s Central Park

Christmas in the Park Opening Friday in Downtown Henderson’s Central Park

Tammy Hancock

December 1st, 2016

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The 31st annual Christmas in the Park celebration in downtown Henderson’s historic Central Park will officially open with the tree lighting ceremony Friday.

According to City of Henderson spokeswoman Donna Stinnett, there are more than 15-thousand lights in the park, along with new displays – as well as old favorites – that are back and will stay in place throughout December.
The tree-lighting festivities will include the lighting of the 67-foot Christmas tree by Mayor Steve Austin and Christmas music by the Henderson County High School Band.

Officials say the Christmas in the Park is presented by City of Henderson in partnership with the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club.

Christmas in the Park features more than 30 displays, including the Santa Express train, Santa’s Sled, the North Pole Fire Truck and the Holiday School Bus. Officials indicate the Castle has been refurbished and is making a return this year. There is also a mailbox for children to use to send their letters to Santa Claus.

Central Park is adjacent to the Henderson County Courthouse in downtown Henderson. Officials say the park has ample on-street parking.

The Christmas in the Park tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday.

Then on Saturday, the Henderson Merchant Christmas Parade will be held at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Henderson. Officials say the parade route starts at Fifth and Main, travels on Main to Washington Street, around Central Park to Elm and back to Fifth Street on Elm.

After the parade, officials say Santa Claus will visit with children in Santa’s House in the Christmas in the Park until 3:00 p.m.

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HENDERSON, Ky. – The 31st-annual Christmas in the Park celebration in downtown Henderson’s historic Central Park will officially open with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

There are more than 15,000 lights in the park. New displays – along with some old favorites – are back and will stay in place for the month of December.

The tree-lighting festivities will include the lighting of the 67-foot Christmas tree by Henderson Mayor Steve Austin and Christmas music by the Henderson County High School Band directed by Adam Thomas.

Christmas in the Park is presented by the City of Henderson in partnership with the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club. It features more than 30 displays, many of which are interactive.

Popular displays include the Santa Express train, Santa’s Sled, the North Pole Fire Truck and the Holiday School Bus. The Castle has been refurbished and is making a return this year. There is also a mailbox for children to use to send their letters to Santa Claus.

Central Park is adjacent to the Henderson County Courthouse in downtown Henderson. The park has ample on-street parking. The terrain is flat, making it friendly for strollers and wheelchairs.

The Henderson Merchant Christmas Parade in Downtown Henderson will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade route starts at Fifth and Main, travels on Main to Washington Street, around Central Park to Elm and back to Fifth Street on Elm.

After the completion of the Christmas Parade, Santa Claus will visit with children in Santa’s House in the Christmas in the Park until 3:00 p.m. There is no cost for these events. Those attending are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures with Santa.

Santa will return to his house for visits with children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18.
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