GALLIPOLIS — After weeks of months of preparation, Gallipolis in Light is set to electrify crowds with its winter extravaganza Wednesday evening with entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and the lighting ceremony to begin at the bandstand in Gallipolis City Park at 7 p.m.
As always, the event is free for the public to attend.
According to Gallipolis in Lights representatives, entertainment will consist of the Gallipolis Twirling Angels followed by the Stringbenders and Nicole Baker. The Gallia Academy High School Madrigals alongside the Gallia Academy Middle School choir.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be available to the public.
This year, the public decorated the park with over 125 Christmas trees which were decorated around a sponsor’s choosing. Trees are represented from churches, schools, fire departments, dedicated as memorials of loved ones and more. Carriage rides are also reportedly going to take place around City Park.
State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) will be at the bandstand as three of the top places in the Miss Gallipolis in Lights Pageant are available to throw the switch on the lighting display.
Last year, Gallipolis in Lights connected an outdoor audio system to allow for holiday tunes to ring through the park for visitors to enjoy and representatives promise new surprises for this year as well.
Roughly 1300 light balls were hung on City Park trees this year in comparison to last year’s 1000. Volunteers reportedly started hanging balls in early October and have been steadily working over weekends to get the park prepared for the winter display. Over the last week or so, volunteers have been in the park every day.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.