POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant Riverfront Park has been transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ of LED light displays and Christmas music.
Each day at dark, the park is lit up from one end to the other for visitors who wish to hop on a tram and take the tour. Admission is $2 on weeknights and $3 on weekends with infants who can sit on the laps of adults riding free. All money collected will go back into community development projects, according to Charles Humphreys, director of Main Street Point Pleasant.
This new tourist attraction is the result of a partnership between Main Street Point Pleasant and the local McDonalds.
The tram stops at the 5th Street entrance to the park (directly behind Peoples Bank) and travels to the entrance of Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Throughout the tour of lights, Christmas music is played through the park’s upgraded sound system. The Riverfront Park received a $12,000 state Community Participation Grant for the new sound system and visitors can clearly make out everyone from Tony Bennett to The Beach Boys singing Christmas classics.
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 is a compliment to Krodel Park’s Annual Christmas Fantasy Light Show which is currently all lit up through the end of the year. Traversing the lights at Krodel is free but donations are appreciated. Main Street Point Pleasant also helps organize this show along with much help from the City of Point Pleasant as well as many volunteers.
The new light show at Riverfront Park will be open through Jan. 1 and the Christmas Light Show at the West Virginia State Farm Museum is currently open from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 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.
Despite this week’s frigid temperatures, the tram at Riverfront Park has been moving with visitors of all ages who are excited to see the lights and experience a new take on Christmas in Downtown Point Pleasant.