Christmas lights display opens Thanksgiving night

Published 4:04 am Friday, November 17, 2017

Cassidy Park is now transforming, for the 24th time, into a wonderland of Christmas magic with more than a million colored lights in numerous displays. Some of the displays are beloved by the thousands of people from Bogalusa and beyond who regularly visit between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The park was closed to vehicular traffic by Oct. 31, in order to allow Northshore Tree Service to install the colorful displays of angels, playful animals, toys, stars and more that are set up or hanging from the towering trees that fill the park grounds.

Colonel Robert Miller, longtime president of the Christmas in the Park Committee, said this year the committee replaced about $6,000 worth of light bulbs.

“It will be more vivid lighting,” he said. “It will make a more beautiful display.”

Miller added that a new arch display will take the place of the “covered bridge” that was a victim of the 2016 flood.

Christmas in the Park will open at around 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, depending on how long the Bogalusa Christmas Parade takes to go through. There will be no drive-through visitors allowed that night.

It will also be open nightly Nov. 23 through Nov. 26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, and Dec. 15-25. Drive through is open from 6 p.m. through 7 p.m. Walk through is from 7 p.m. through 9 p.m.

The admission is $4 for adults, $1 for students, and $8 per car during the drive-through hour.