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Ravenswood ringing in the holiday with cheer

Photos Provided The big man himself, Santa Claus, makes his appearance at the cabin at Washington Riverfront Park in Ravenswood as part of the holiday program.

RAVENSWOOD – Christmas cheer is in full supply at the Washington Riverfront Park in Ravenswood.

With over 10 new light displays, a cheery cabin with a few special guests and several photo opportunities for the family, the community is decked out and ready for holiday celebrations.

Because several events were canceled this year and those funds that were set aside didn’t need to be used, Katrena Ramsey, superintendent for the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation, said it was decided to use that money for the new light displays.

She said it is a nice way for families to enjoy the displays while staying safe and socially distant.

Among the 10 new displays, Ramsey said her favorite is a cardinal with lights behind it to simulate snowflakes. That display was purchased and put up in memory of a lost loved one.

The stage at the park looks a little bit different than in previous years.

“Usually it’s a variety of photo backdrops and it still is. We have the cutouts where kids can put their face through,” Ramsey said. “A gentleman here in town, J.B. Nutter, donated this incredible system.”

Thanks to the new system, people can turn their car radio to a certain frequency and it plays Christmas music that syncs up with the lights.

“It’s our first year with it. We’ll do it bigger and better next year. There are 10 songs that go along with it. You probably hear something new every time you come to the park,” Ramsey said.

The light display made its debut on Black Friday and just within a few days, Ramsey said they received enough donations to purchase an additional three displays.

The donations, collected by volunteers, go right back into the program and help to pay for the lights and keep them on, Ramsey said.

At the Sayre Log Cabin, Santa Claus and the Grinch will be making surprise visits. Santa will also have a mail slot to collect letters and he just might write back.

The lights turn on every evening from 5-10:30 p.m.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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