Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The holiday event aims to build holiday and town spirit. Local church choirs will lead the night’s music, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will host children at Santa’s House until 8 p.m.
“We’re hoping that people will come out, walk around the track at the park and enjoy the lights,” said organizer Robbie Murray, president of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.
After the tree-lighting, Santa’s House will be open for children to share their holiday wish list from 6 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Local churches will take turns serving free cookies and hot chocolate every week. Community groups helped to decorate the park.
“[We’re] looking for an opportunity to continue building on the community spirit we started with the Fall Festival,” Murray said of that Halloween event, “just adding on that and really adding that holiday cheer.”
Frankford has decorated the park before, but typically people could only see the decorations from afar.
“This year, we decided to try opening up to the public, expanding a little bit and including a Santa Claus house with Mr. and Mrs. Claus,” Murray said.
While the playground will continue to be locked during the day, anyone can enter and walk the track on Wednesday nights.
“It’s the first one. Come out, bring your family, it’s free for all,” Murray said.
The event is hosted by the Town of Frankford and Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, Frankford Public Library and area churches (Antioch AME Church, the Father’s House, Frankford Presbyterian Church and Frankford United Methodist Church).
Organizers said they are grateful to sponsors including the Indian River High School manufacturing and construction classes, Mountaire Farms, Roots Landscaping & Garden Center, Sussex Lumber and more.