By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
What began in the mid-1990s as a modest Christmas light display along Jim Watson Drive has grown to an extraordinary extravaganza of illuminated yuletide merriment.
The City of Yukon’s 25th anniversary “Christmas In the Park” will open this Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Yukon City Park complex.
This magic Christmas wonderland will be open nightly through New Year’s Eve at the interconnecting Chisholm Trail Park, Yukon City Park and Freedom Trail Park.
Walking and drive-through tours are offered across 100 sprawling acres that feature about 5 million twinkling lights and more than 400 festive displays.
“I love this time of year!” Yukon Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton said. “Seeing the Christmas lights in the park brings a smile to my face.
“Christmas In the Park is very much part of Yukon’s history and our future. I love seeing all the families coming out and spending time looking at the lights.”
Christmas In the Park attracts many tens of thousands of visitors each holiday season, helping make Yukon a true tourist destination.
MORE THAN JUST LIGHTS
“Santa Express” train rides will be 6-10 p.m. nightly (weather permitting) at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament. Cost is $3 per person.
A new attraction to this year’s Christmas in the Park festivities is an ice-skating rink at Chisholm Trail Park. The “real” ice rink will be open from 4-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
General admission is $12 with skate rental and $8 without skate rental. Admission is $10 for military members with ID and $8 for children 5 and under.
This Saturday’s “opening night” festivities feature the Mascot Dash at 4:30 p.m., Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at 5 p.m., Jingle Walk at 5:30 p.m., and Kringle Karnival from 5:30-7 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park.
For more information on Christmas In the Park, call 350-8937 or visit http://www.yukonok.gov