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Lights On! Christmas in Noble Park Opens Tonight
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The 23rd annual Christmas in the Park season hosted by Paducah Power starts tonight.

A lighting ceremony will kick off the event at Noble Park at 5:30 pm, and from then until 7 pm people can walk under the lights. The park will remain closed to vehicle traffic so pedestrians can enjoy the lights at a slower pace. 

During this time a free shuttle will be available to carry people from the Park Avenue Kroger parking lot to the event. 

After 7 pm, the park will open to traffic.

Independence Bank will be providing free hot chocolate, and John's Pass Carriage Company will provide carriage rides around the park. Staff from Bristol Broadcasting will participate in their annual tradition of hanging out at the Santa House to take cash and canned food donations.

Andrea Underwood of Paducah Power System told West Kentucky Star that this year's event will be extra special, "If we have a good season this year in terms of canned goods donated, we will reach the milestone of having a million pounds of food donated over the life of the event. So we're going to talk a lot this season about make it a million." Underwood continued, "We hope everybody will just make a little extra effort this year if they can, and help us make it a million."

The donations received during Christmas in the Park will go to four charities: Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Family Service Society, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul.

Christmas in the Park began in 1997 with Christmas lights donated by JF “Doc” Hicks and Jimmy Kinsey. Both men had displays at their homes for many years. Over the years, PPS has purchased many new displays and added several from corporate sponsors.

During the 2018 season, the Christmas in the Park event brought in over $44,000 and over 76,000 pounds of food for local charities.

Published 12:36 PM, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019
Updated 01:39 PM, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2019

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