When the Christmas Parade rolls down Second Street Saturday evening, downtown will be decorated to the max!
Storefront windows display Christmas and winter scenes.
City grounds crews have hung 280 Christmas wreaths with gold bells and red ribbons on light poles from Clay Street to Walnut and from Second Street to Veterans Boulevard.
1,800 feet of garland has been hung between the RiverPark Center and Holiday Inn. Both Smothers Park and Riverfont Crossing have also been decorated. (The 30 ft Christmas tree in Smothers Park is decorated, and will be ceremonially lit by Mayor Payne at 5 p.m. during the Holiday Stroll on December 5.)
Then next week, Holiday in the Park begins on Wednesday night, November 25, and runs through January 3. Eddie Atherton, Owensboro Grounds Manager, says over 100,000 lights have been strung throughout Legion Park and 20 displays have been installed along the walking path with an additional 9,000 lights.
County crews have been busy decorating too. The lights and displays at Christmas at Panther Creek Park are also ready. They will be lit on Friday, November 27. Daviess County Parks Director, Ross Leigh, says the drive through tour features over 500,000 lights. On average, 3,500 cars tour the park each holiday season.
If you’re planning a little Christmas light tour with your family, don’t forget Tapscott Corner at Parrish and Frederica. It has been decorated with 20 pre-lit trees and another 5,500 lights on the existing shrubs. Cap Gardner Park at 20th & J.R. Miller has also been adorned with wreaths and lights.
In the next few days and weeks we’ll notice more and more businesses and houses decorating for the season.
Get ready to be lit up with the Christmas spirit, Owensboro!