POINT PLEASANT — This Friday marks the return of a yuletide tradition in Mason County when the West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Christmas Light Display returns.
The show is from 6-9 p.m. and will run nightly starting this Friday through Dec. 20 at the museum just north of Point Pleasant, located across from the Mason County Fairgrounds. It’s estimated this is the 15th year for the display, which is free though donations are appreciated.
It’s estimated more than 1 million lights adorn the grounds of the farm museum, lighting up the displays which take visitors back to a simpler time. Visitors can drive through the property or walk among the old one-room schoolhouse, country church, newspaper office, the Blacksmith shop and more. While looking at lights, visitors can take in the new Christopher H. Bauer Memorial Museum that opened earlier this year, containing an array of animal trophies and displays.
Employees at the farm museum start working on putting up the light display just after the Country Fall Festival in October. This year, employees had some help from prisoners from the Lakin Correctional Center and as of Monday, lights were still being strung for the big opening night this Friday.
On opening night, members of Creston Church of Leon will be hosting a live Nativity on the grounds for visitors to see. Though the live Nativity is only on opening night, Santa will be at the farm museum every night of the light display. Children can visit with Santa in Country Kitchen and receive free candy canes, hot chocolate and cookies.
In addition, the Country Store will be open for business.
Staff at the farm museum say in recent years, visitors seem to make a night out of looking at Christmas lights, many starting at the museum, working their way to Krodel Park and then to Gallipolis City Park, or, vice versa. Like many other Christmas traditions in the area, the museum’s Christmas light display has become a “must” for “kids” who grew up with it and now are treating their children to this uniquely Mason County memory.
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