POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant has become known for its Christmas lights at Krodel Park and now, that reputation is spreading to one of the city’s other tourist destinations - Riverfront Park.
A new Christmas light show and experience will begin at dark on Friday, Nov. 29 at the park, according to Main Street Point Pleasant Director Charles Humphreys.
Humphreys said Main Street Point Pleasant has partnered with the local McDonalds to create an animated light show from the 5th St. entrance of the park to the edge of Tu-Endie-Wei Park just past 2nd. St. Humphreys said the tour of LED lights and displays will be done via a tram ride and begin each night at dark. Humphrey’s said the park will be closed to walk through traffic during the light show each evening.
As visitors ride the tram, they will also be listening to Christmas songs pumping through the new sound system at the park. As previously reported, the Riverfront Park received a $12,000 state Community Participation Grant for the new sound system.
Unlike the light show at Krodel which is free though donations are accepted, the show at Riverfront Park will have an admission cost of $2 on weeknights and $3 on weekends with infants who can sit on the laps of adults riding free. Humphreys said all money collected will go back into community development projects.
Humphreys said he hopes families will bring their blankets for the tram ride through the park which has seen $7 million in funds poured into it since its inception, making it one of the staples of downtown Point Pleasant.
The new light display will be a compliment to Krodel Park’s Annual Christmas Fantasy Light Show which will light up this Friday, Nov. 22, according to Humphreys. Main Street Point Pleasant also helps organize this show along with much help from the City of Point Pleasant as well as many volunteers. Humphreys said the displays at Krodel will be rearranged and the tunnels will be redone for a new look this year.
Both the light show at Krodel and the new Christmas extravaganza at Riverfront Park will be open through Jan. 1. Just north of Point Pleasant, the Christmas light show at the West Virginia State Farm Museum will be 6-9 p.m., Dec. 13-22. Driving through to see the museum lights is free though donations are appreciated. Santa Claus appears nightly at the museum and there is free hot chocolate and cookies for the kids.