In Dec. 13 IssueBy Kim GrahamRCN Reporter
From sparkling colored lights on a string to a star shining in the east, if your Christmas spirit needs a lift, you need not travel very far to enjoy traditional holiday celebrations.
Beginning with a holiday light tour in Jamestown on the square or from Main Street to the Chalybeate Springs Park gazebo in Russell Springs, just a short drive away is the Christmas Village at Lee’s Ford Resort and Marina featuring the Festival of Lights now through Dec. 31st.
Visitors cruise through scenes from the Twelve Days of Christmas, Santa and his reindeer, a live nativity and more for a fee of $5 per car Monday – Thursday and $10 on weekends. Vans are charged $15 and buses are $50 each day.
The Christmas village boasts an ice skating rink on scale with the famous rink at New York’s Rockefeller Center. Skaters enjoy the night sky and the display of animated Christmas lights.
“The weather has been warm enough to be outside,” said Kim Sage of Lee’s Ford Marina. “We’ve had kids everywhere.”
Visitors can sip hot chocolate while strolling the village complete with local arts and crafts and a candy shop or take a ride on the Christmas train. As a special treat, youngsters can pet reindeer and other animals including a camel at the petting zoo and talk to Santa at his cottage.
Santa will make other visits to area including Santa on the Square sponsored by the Jamestown Lions Club Saturday, Dec. 13th.
“Beginning at 5 p.m., Santa will be on the square in Jamestown with a special gift for each child,” said Dr. James Monin of the Jamestown Lions Club.
The event is free to children 12 years old and younger and will be complete with a photo with Santa, hot chocolate and caroling.
“The Lions club has been doing something for kids since the 1960’s,” said Dr. Monin. “Lions Club members, the Bank of Jamestown, City of Jamestown, the City of Jamestown employees and Mighty Dollar all contributed to make Santa on the Square a great community project.”
At Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, have your wish list ready and visit with Santa beginning at 1 p.m. Thurs., December 18th. Families may bring a camera for pictures with Santa.
“During our Holiday Open House, you can come visit with Santa and also make a holiday ornament,” said Dale Hollow’s Recreation Supervisor Jamie Avery.
For live holiday entertainment, The Star Theater in Russell Springs has a classic holiday line up presenting It’s a Wonderful Life at 7 p.m Sat., Dec. 13th and 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14th and The Dance Shoppe’s Christmas Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21st and 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 22nd.
For the historian in the family, Historic Brown Lanier House at Mill Springs will hold their Christmas Open House Sat., Dec. 13th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. EST.
“The house will be adorned with Victorian Christmas décor,” said Donna Tuggle, Mill Springs Information Center Site Manager. “We will serve cookies and spiced cider to guests.”
Among the longest running annual Christmas events are Liberty Baptist Church’s Living Christmas Tree and Jamestown Christian Church’s A Journey Through Bethlehem. Area churches, too numerous to mention, hold their own celebrations with cantatas and plays at Christmas. However, these two churches have made a tradition of these presentations year after year.
Liberty Baptist Church’s Living Christmas Tree, comprised of a community choir, has performed each Christmas for about 20 years. Each year, the choir, led by Russell County resident Connie Jones, sings a new musical production.
This year, the Living Christmas Tree at Liberty presents The Name. . .Jesus: A Christmas Musical Celebrating Emanuel, the King of Kings created by Mike Speck and arranged by Mike Speck and Cliff Duren.
Living Christmas Tree performances are scheduled Dec. 12, 13 and 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Also presented Dec. 12, 13, and 14 is A Journey to Bethlehem in its 4th year at Jamestown Christian Church.
The live drama is experienced by an audience of all ages first hand as they walk through the production on a journey beginning with the announcement of the angel and leading to the Christ child in a manger.
“For kids, they are just in awe,” said Jamestown Christian Church secretary, Nora Reese. “You would think kids would get bored but they don’t.”
Reese said some folks who have visited Jerusalem, comment that the drama is the closest you can get to visiting the Holy land without actually traveling there.
With all these holiday event choices, area residents can be dazzled by thousands of twinkling lights and awed by dramatic holiday season performances. To check out other Christmas event offerings in the community, check our Community Calendar.