Christmas in Park preview of season

The calendar might show that Christmas is still two months away, but the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the spirit of the holiday when the annual Christmas in the Park celebration returns this weekend.

Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the park will be decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments, disc jockeys will be playing Christmas music, local vendors will be on hand with holiday-themed items and other holiday-style activities will be held.

Those include, of course, an appearance by Santa Claus at 1 p.m. each day.

While the festival is a fun way to spend an autumn weekend, it’s important to remember that it also is a fundraiser for the Anderson Children’s Home; the R.E.A.C.H. program, which offers a food pantry; and a local child who has special medical needs.

In addition to the festival, the Follansbee United Methodist Church will hold a story hour with Santa beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at the park’s Steel Shelter. The $5 admission cost will include cocoa and other refreshments.

Christmas in the Park is chaired by Kathy Santoro and Bill Secrist, who help direct a dedicated team of volunteers who work to make the weekend special. Their efforts give residents from across the Tri-State Area the chance to get into the holiday mood and, even more important, to have a hand in raising money that will be used to help others.