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Holiday Park lighting ceremony celebrates 40 years

The St. Joseph winter wonderland Holiday Park lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 27, as this year marks the 40th anniversary. Both Krug and Hyde park will be lit nightly beginning after November 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. until the final night on January 3, 2021.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 6:26 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2020 8:58 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph winter wonderland Holiday Park lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 27, as this year marks the 40th anniversary.

The East Hills Optimist Club, the St. Joseph's Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities Department have been offering this drive-through event at Krug Park each year, but this year some changes will be made to the evening due to the pandemic. 

Mayor Bill McMurray will flip the switch at Krug Park at 6 p.m. The community is welcome to attend the ceremony but is asked to remain in their vehicles or social distance and wear a mask if standing outside. Then, at 7 p.m., the Mayor will illuminate Hyde Park into the South Pole.

The Optimist Club will not be taking donations on the night of the lighting ceremony.  They will also not hand out Cherry Mash, cookies, or cocoa at the end of the drive. 

"We just felt after the Optimist folks decided that they didn't want to take the risk, or they didn't want to put the public in any kind of risk, we were supportive of that," said Chuck Kempf of St. Joseph's Parks and Recreation.  

Both Krug and Hyde park will be lit nightly beginning after November 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. until the final night on January 3, 2021.  

For more information, contact the Parks Administration Office at (816) 271-5501.

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It was a snowy and cold day across the area with 2-6 inches of snow found across northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Temperatures will fall into the teens and single digits overnight. Be very careful on the roads Sunday morning, slushy and wet roads will refreeze with the cold temperatures overnight. Sunshine returns on Sunday with temperatures staying right around average in the mid 30s. Dry conditions look to continue into next week. Temperatures will warm through Tuesday with highs back in the 40s before a cold front moves through mid week dropping temperatures back into the teens and 20s.
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