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Christmas in the Park lights up Chief Logan State Park

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 02:11


The annual Christmas in the Park lights up the park, changing it into a winter wonderland for the public to drive through.

"It really is a sight to see," said park employee Gail Toth. "It's so beautiful. I never get tired of seeing it."

Christmas in the Park features light displays with traditional holiday themes, such as Santa Claus and his nine reindeer. Other displays feature cartoon characters, such as SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer, and nontraditional lights, such as carousels, sharks and a cannon that appears to shoot a cannon ball. 

Toth said because of a destructive snowstorm that hit Logan County last year, Christmas in the Park was cut short. The exhibit was closed down almost two weeks early. She said volunteers worked around the clock to repair the damages and bring back the holiday tradition.

"The talk is that it is even bigger and better this year," Toth said. 

She said Christmas in the Park is important to the community. 

"It's a tradition everyone in Logan looks forward to and can depend on being beautiful year after year," she said.

For a holiday getaway, the Chief Logan Lodge offers a winter package that includes lodging and breakfast for two. Toth said people come from across West Virginia and other states to see the display.

"Going to see the lights in Logan has became a family tradition for me," said Amy Mareske, junior nursing major from Logan, W.Va. 

Mareske said she and her family go to see the lights at least twice a year and that it always puts her in the Christmas spirit.

"It's great for families," she said. "It's great for a romantic date, and it's really just something everyone should see."

Christmas in the Park began Nov. 25 and will continue until Dec. 31.  All displays are lit at dark and stay on until 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Donations are accepted at the gate and go to the upkeep and repair of Christmas in the Park. 

Chief Logan Park is located 65 miles from Marshall's campus. For more information call 304-792-7125.

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