POINT PLEASANT — An area holiday tradition returns today when the annual Krodel Park Christmas Light Show opens.
The event is set to run from 5:30-9 p.m. each night through Dec. 31. Admission is free though donations are appreciated to fund the show each year. Vehicles may drive through the displays or park, with visitors strolling along the walking path for viewing.
The show is under the direction of Main Street Point Pleasant which funds the show and organizes the volunteers. The City of Point Pleasant assembles the displays at the park and pays for the electricity.
In 2001, Charles Humphreys began his work as the director of Main Street Point Pleasant. He felt the town needed to have added flare so he started the light show to run through the holiday season. Now, it has grown to include corporate sponsors and has become one of the biggest holiday attractions the City of Point Pleasant has, bringing in visitors from all across the area.
The show gets an early start to the holiday season by lighting up around Thanksgiving, so those visiting this week, but not at Christmas, have an opportunity to see it and make plans to return next year. As Humphreys has pointed out in the past, visiting the show has become a tradition for generations of families at this point this time of year.
Due to a delay in the delivery of replacement light bulbs, 80 percent of the displays will be up tonight, with the remainder to follow in short order in the coming days, though there will still be plenty to see to get visitors into the holiday spirit.