Annual holiday display to be bigger, better
PHOTOS BY JACKIE MILLER | TWINMOM PHOTOS
The return of the Charlestown Express and the debut of the Winter Holiday Market highlight a jam-packed Christmas season in the City of Charlestown.
To kick off the holidays, Light Up Charlestown took place Nov. 26 at Greenway Park, where revelers gathered for sounds of holiday music and the flipping of the light switch. Since then the City of Charlestown has glowed with lights at Greenway Park, the City Square and the Family Activities Park. Here’s what you can expect:
GREENWAY PARK: The city’s central park glows with Hallmark-card worthy lights, including from the 55-foot tree. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through the paved park. Horse-drawn carriage rides return this year, taking place 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18, giving riders an intimate tour of Greenway Park and the City Square. No reservation is needed and cost is $10 per rider ages 2 and up. Tickets (cash only) are sold at the Greenway Park concession stand.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES PARK: Debuting this season is a Winter Holiday Market featuring vendors selling holiday décor, gift items, hand-made crafts and more. The Family Activities Park will be open 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday each week. In addition to the Market, rides return on The Charlestown Express and an opportunity to play mini-golf in a festive environment. Train rides and mini-golf are $5 per person, ages 2 and up. Tickets are sold on site at the admission window. Santa visits are free, as are kids’ activities hosted by the Charlestown Parks Department. The concession stand will be open, selling snacks including seasonal favorites: hot chocolate and hot apple cider.
CITY SQUARE: The animated lights show at the Charlestown City Square takes place nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 1. Some nights will feature appearances by favorite Christmas characters.
Sponsors of Christmas in Charlestown include NWSB (New Washington State Bank), Bobcat, Dale Robinson – State Farm Insurance, C3Tech, and Duke Energy.