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HOLIDAYS...LJ to kick off season this Saturday

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By Mary Barczak

 The start of the Christmas season is coming early to Lebanon Junction this year.

The city will host its annual Christmas in the Park Nov. 30 at dark.

The evening will start with the lighting of the tree on Main Street and then will process down to the park for more festivities.

Connie Jackson, a member of the parks committee, said Santa Claus will be at the park along with refreshments for guests.

This will also be the second year for the Light Up the Park event.

Last year businesses were invited to create their own Christmas displays for the park for the community to walk through.

There is no charge to walk through. Businesses must furnish their own display and signs though.

Jackson said they started the effort as a way to bring people to the park during the holidays.

She said they had a handful of businesses participate last year and they hope to have even more this year.

“The more we get, the better it’ll be,” Jackson said. “The goal is to light up the whole park.”

Tracey Goodlett, owner of Tracey’s Tiny Tots,  was one of the businesses that participated in the display last year.

She spent about five hours putting up her display last year which consisted of a sled, some reindeer, lighted trees and Santa Claus.

She said she would be willing to do it again.

“It was a really good thing for the community. The kids really enjoyed it,” Goodlett said.

She said she’s not sure what she’ll create this year, but she has a couple ideas she’s thinking about.

Richard Clark Sr.,  owner of Little Rick’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in LJ, said he would also be interested in participating again this year in the display.

Last year his business put up a Christmas banner designed for them by Budweiser which depicted reindeer in the snow. Then they added little figurines of snowmen and reindeer around it.

“It helped us get recognition and also helped out the park,” he said.

The displays will be up from Nov. 30 until Jan. 1.