POINT PLEASANT — The Christmas spirit is building this week throughout Mason County with holiday events planned to celebrate the season.
In Mason County, there are several activities planned for those who “need a little Christmas” (right this very minute), with parades, tree lighting ceremonies, lighting displays and more.
Here is a listing of holiday events as reported to the Point Pleasant Register.
City of Point Pleasant: Point Pleasant city officials have been busy planning the upcoming Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony this Friday, Dec. 1. The tree lighting ceremony will be held at Gunn Park on Fourth Street, immediately following the parade. The parade begins at 6 p.m., lineup is at 5 p.m. at the former Central Elementary School. The city’s Christmas tree will be lit at the conclusion of the tree lighting ceremony, along with themed trees for the Light of Christmas tree project, also set up in Gunn Park. The ceremony will include performances by the PPJ/SHS choir and PPHS Black Knight Band members. Rev. Chip Bennett will provide a message and Pastor Bobby Patterson and Beth Rollins will each sing a select Christmas song. This year Dave and Mike Rawson donated the city’s Christmas tree.
The Kitchen Table’s “Sole Food” program returns for a second holiday season as a way to provide new shoes for those grade school children throughout Mason County. The Kitchen Table is making it easy for those who wish to donate shoes, socks and monetary donations for the drive by collecting donations at the annual Point Pleasant Christmas Parade. Volunteers will be walking in the parade to collect donations and a collection point will be set up during the parade on Main Street near the Handley Law Office.
Also, royalty from the Mothman Festival are collecting bags of dog and cat food for the Mason County Animal Shelter from parade participants who wish to do so. Royalty will collect the food and deliver to the shelter.
Christmas on the Frontier: Christmas on the Frontier will be held at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 2. Volunteers and reenactors at the fort show visitors what it was like to celebrate Christmas on the frontier.
Christmas party in Letart: The annual Christmas party for the Letart community will be held this Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m., at the Letart Community Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present, and there will be games, treats and crafts for the children. Those attending are asked to bring a finger food or a drink to share.
West Virginia State Farm Museum: The West Virginia State Farm Museum will once again host its Christmas lights display from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 8-17. Visitors can drive through, or walk, the museum’s grounds which will be lit with over one million lights. Santa Claus will be in the Country Kitchen each night to visit with children and there will be free cocoa and cookies in the kitchen for visitors as well.
Town of Mason: The annual Christmas tree lighting will take place this Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m., in front of the town hall. Former Mayor Agnes Roush will throw the switch to officially light the 16-foot tree. According to Mayor Donna Dennis, two choirs from Faith Baptist Church will entertain those attending with both contemporary and traditional music and carols. Following the ceremony, town employees will serve popcorn and hot chocolate.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the town will host the annual Christmas parade. It will begin at noon at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot. Line-up will begin at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the New Haven parade. The parade will continue to the town hall, where Santa will be waiting to hear the wish lists of the children. He will also be handing out treats. Also, a Christmas lighting contest will be held for residents living within the municipality. Those interested have until Dec. 19 to sign up at the town hall. Judging will take place Dec. 21 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Those registered should have lights on during that time. Prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, respectively. Prizes will be given out on Dec. 22.
Town of New Haven: The Town of New Haven is gearing up for the Christmas season with a parade and holiday craft show, both set for this Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the community center, off of Layne Street, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell. Line-up begins at 10:30 a.m. Hysell said a new feature of this year’s parade will be between 12 and 15 floats, each with different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ. A number of local churches will join together to enter the floats.
Following the parade, Santa Claus will be at the fire station to listen to the children’s wish lists. He will pass out treat bags filled with goodies and toys. Also at the fire station will be the New Haven Fire Department Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fire station kitchen will be open during the craft show with lunch selections of tacos in a bag, hotdogs, barbecues, chips and drinks. Those wishing to enter the parade can call the town hall at 304-882-3203 for more information. For additional information on the craft show, contact Duncan at 304-882-2814.
Krodel Christmas Light Show: Open 5:30-9 p.m., nightly, though Dec. 31 at Krodel Park. Visitors to the show drive through the park to take in the lights and can move at their own pace, also parking along the road to stop and take in the show. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to fund the event each year. Volunteers to collect donations are always welcome and needed.
Mason County Family Christmas: Mason County Family Christmas will be held Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the former Central Elementary School gymnasium, located at 1200 Main Street in Point Pleasant. It is free of charge and open to the public. More on this event in the adjacent story in today’s edition or online at www.mydailyregister.com.
Bend Area CARE Concert: Annual concert at 2 p.m., Dec. 10, Wahama gymnasium, benefits Bend Area CARE organization which assists needy families at Christmas.
Beth Sergent, Mindy Kearns and Erin Perkins contributed to this article.
(Editor’s note: Articles on observances of the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge Collapse will be featured in upcoming articles.)