Frankford will lights up for the Christmas season this Saturday, Nov. 24, with its Christmas in the Park celebration.
Christmas in the Park is a collaborative effort between area churches, the Town of Frankford’s Envision Frankford committee and the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.
The festivities on Saturday will begin with caroling at 6 p.m. Envision Frankford Chairman Robbie Murray said the park gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
Children will be invited on stage to help lead the carols with The Father’s House pastor the Rev. Mike Vaughan, Murray said, and while they’re on stage, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a fire truck. That generally happens around 6:20 p.m., according to Murray.
Between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., there will be opportunities for visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as photographs for anyone who brings their own camera. Visitors are also being invited to take a stroll and check out the various displays that have been placed throughout the park.
“We’re adding a few new displays this year, and some additional snow,” Murray said.
A live Nativity is also planned for the evening.
One of the new additions to the Christmas in the Park festivities this year is a “gingerbread house,” which will be where visitors can gather for hot chocolate and cookies during the evening, Murray said. The structure was due to be placed in the park earlier in the week, thanks to work by Contractors for a Cause, Mountaire Farms and Sandtone Construction.
The holiday fun will continue each Wednesday night until Christmas, from 6 to 8 p.m., with opportunities to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and to enjoy the light displays. Hot chocolate and cookies will again be available each of those nights, free of charge.
On Wednesday, Dec. 28, visitors can stay and watch three Christmas classics on the inflatable movie screen — “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Murray said. Those attending should bring chairs and blankets for the family to enjoy the traditional shows with neighbors and friends.
Murray said there will be no rain date for the Saturday, Nov. 24, activities, which he added would probably continue in some fashion in a light rain but would be canceled in the event of more severe weather.
Any changes in plans will be announced on the lighted sign at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company or on the Envision Frankford page on Facebook.
By Kerin Magill