Let there be Christmas lights

Millions aglow for nightly displays at Yukon’s Chisholm Trail holiday extravaganza

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Running neck-in-neck for first place at the Christmas in the Park Mascot Dash foot race are Lion King meerkat, Timon, and the Yukon Fire Station’s fire pup, Sparky. (Photo by Cara Pattison)  

The lights are on at Yukon’s free Christmas in the Park displays at Chisholm Trail Park through New Year’s Eve.

Opening night was Saturday, Nov. 20 with the Mascot Dash, the Chill Your Cheeks fun run and the Kringle Karnival.

Ice skating also returned this year.

Payton Lopez, 15, and Angelina Bryce hold hands as they slide their way around the ice skating rink featured at Chisholm Trail Park. They were two of the first ice skaters to hit the rink on opening night. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

People can walk, drive, or ride the train to see displays around Mulvey Pond and throughout the park.

Santa was at the opening night to hear the wishes of children.

The Grinch’s funny antics proved to create many popular photo opportunities for kids and adults alike at the Christmas in the Park opening night.

Whether visitors want to drive, walk, or sit and enjoy, Yukon’s City Park and Chisholm Trail Park are home to a wildly popular statewide attraction visited by people from across the country.

In addition to ice skating and train rides, the City of Yukon kicked off the holiday season with an evening of family-friendly games, a magician, life-sized Christmas characters, a visit with Santa Claus, and the holiday sounds of musician Irv Wagner at no cost to attendees.

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The popular Dean Johnson, Dean The Magic Man, also a balloon artist, was a wildly popular stop for the many children attending the festival.

The Santa Express train rides are every night weather permitting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Santa can be found in a car just off Route 66 at Yukon’s Christmas in the Park. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Information about ice skating can be found at yukonicerink.com. Admission is free to the public.

See more photos from Christmas in the Park in the Yukon Progress and follow yukonprogress.com for updates to community news and events.

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