POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — An area holiday tradition returns this Friday when the annual Krodel Christmas Light Show opens.
The show, which consists of many Christmas lights and displays, will be open from 5:30-9 p.m. The show will continue each night though Dec. 31 at Krodel Park.
Main Street Point Pleasant brings the show to life each year, with assistance from the City of Point Pleasant and many volunteers who take donations at the gate. The city provides the labor to put up the displays as well as the electricity to run the lights. Though the show is free, monetary donations of any kind are appreciated to help fund the event each year.
Charles Humphreys, director of Main Street, had the idea for the show back in 2001 and used some of his own money to start it that same year. Now, it has grown to include corporate sponsors and has become one of the biggest holiday attractions the City of Point Pleasant has, bringing in visitors from all across the area.
Humphreys, and Carolin Harris, also of Main Street, have been closely involved in the light show since it began. Harris said they decided to get an earlier start with the show over the years because it gives those visiting at Thanksgiving, but not at Christmas, an opportunity to see it. As Humphreys pointed out, visiting the show has become a tradition with families for the entire holiday season.
Volunteers to collect donations are always welcome and needed. For those willing to donate time to the cause, contact Harris at 304-675-9726.
Visitors to the show drive through the park to take in the lights and can move at their own pace, also parking along the road to stop and take in the show.
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