Hagerstown City Park’s annual lighting event for the holiday season is this Friday from 6pm-9pm. Presented by Hagerstown Heating & Cooling, the free festival not only features the illumination of City Park and the lake, but also includes entertainment and attractions at museums and various locations throughout the park. Enjoy refreshments in a heated, treat-filled hospitality tent, museum tours, pictures with Santa, family-friendly activities, hay rides, and much more!
At 7pm, everyone is invited to witness the official lighting of the new Christmas trees on the lake and experience the accompanying synchronized light and music show for the first time. Throughout the month of December, park visitors are encouraged to tune their car radios to 102.3 FM to enjoy the selected Christmas tunes synced up with the blinking and shimmering of the beautiful lights.
Friday’s festivities will also present unique photo opportunities in both the human snow globe and on the big Frosty chair. Food for purchase will consist of kettle corn, cotton candy, hamburgers, and more. Non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and The Hub Show invite event-goers to visit their booths to find out more about them and their programs.
City Park’s museums will host activities and provide tours throughout the evening. At the Mansion House on Highland Way, the Valley Art Association will offer photo ops with Santa, gallery tours, and refreshments. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will also offer refreshments, along with a the chance to participate in a scavenger hunt. And the Jonathan Hager House Museum will present live entertainment for children courtesy of Grammy-nominated performer Ray Owen, in addition to a petting zoo, and German Christmas tours.
The Washington County Antique Tractor Club will supply transportation to the sites and attractions all around the park via hay wagons. Under the heated Hagerstown Heating & Cooling hospitality tent on Key Street, Dunkin Donuts, Bester Community of Hope, Waffle House, and Desert Rose Café and Catering will all be providing food and refreshment options. Discounted ornaments will also be available there. And event sponsor, The Fulton Bank, will have volunteers handing out candy canes around the Key Street stage area.
This year, a partnership between Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and the City of Hagerstown Parks & Recreation Division created the “Hagerstown Shines Luminary Project” through which members of the community are able to purchase luminaries replete with their own personal, customized message for $5 each. Those luminaries will be displayed throughout City Park during the event on Friday thanks to the Key Club at BISFA. Luminaries are available for purchase online or at the event.
Please note that Key Street will be closed all day Friday in preparation for the City Park Lighting. Visitors should use City Park Drive to enter City Park that day and evening. Parking will be available at various locations around the park. To access a site map, or to find out more about the event, visit www.hagerstownmd.org/cpl, or call 301-739-8577, ext. 180.