Annual Christmas in the Park kicks of holidays Saturday

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 23, 2007 - Take a stroll down memory lane to visit holiday traditions of the past during Hopkins County Historical Society's upcoming Christmas in the Park at Heritage Park.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Santa will drop by during Christmas in the Park both Saturday and Nov. 30.

Christmas In The Park, which begins Saturday and continues Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, has become an annual tradition in Hopkins County.

Tour the grounds and enjoy the period costume and historical buildings for a feel of days gone by. The event once again will be “bigger and better than ever,” with new features and treats to keep visitors coming back year after year.

This year, the park will be ablaze with even more lights and decorations offering a cheery Christmas hello. The historical group has added “lots of extra lights” as well as installed antique street lights to brighten the way. All of the buildings will be buzzing with activity. Atkins House will even feature new displays.

Live music will be played in the park all evening Saturday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 30. Door prizes will be drawn each of those nights. As a special treat, the First United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir will be on hand Nov. 24, and the Sulphur Springs High School Stage Band will perform Nov. 30. Carolers will be strolling the grounds both nights, offering notes of holiday cheer.

And don't forget to bundle up and bring the kids — there’s going to be plenty of old fashioned hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and goodies keep them nice and toasty warm. Santa will also be dropping by both Saturday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 30, to visit with the kids and hear their hearts' desires.

The General Store will also offer Christmas goodies, including ornaments and items that’d make great souvenirs and stocking stuffers which can be purchased.

Christmas in the Park will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost is $3 per person, with children under 7 years of age admitted free. On Nov. 24 and Nov. 30, the  park will be open for strolling through, but Dec. 1 will be a drive-through day, in which cars will be able to circle the grounds for people to enjoy the many lights in the holiday village in Heritage Park, located at 416 North Jackson St. at the intersection of Houston and Jackson streets.

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