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Holiday in the Park at Heritage Park sees enormous crowd

Is that one of Santa’s helpers? No, it’s Edwina Himes from the Theatre Off the Square dressed in costume promoting the organizations new season.
Is that one of Santa’s helpers? No, it’s Edwina Himes from the Theatre Off the Square dressed in costume promoting the organizations new season. Weatherford Star-Telegram

A festive atmosphere, combined with mild temperatures, was just the enticement needed to draw an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people out for the second-ever Holiday in the Park at Heritage Park.

“We had a great turnout,” Shannon Goodman, director of parks, recreation and special events said. “We estimate 8,000 to 10,000 people.”

Goodman said last year [the city] did not anticipate such a large crowd and they made substantial adjustments to make this year’s event even better.

The fun kicked off Friday evening with activities that included a snow tubing hill with snow play area, carriage rides and bounce houses. Special appearances were also made by Santa, and Disney characters from the movie Frozen. Other activities included ice skating, petting zoo and a special showing of the movie, The Grinch Stole Christmas. Food trucks and holiday music were also present for the public’s enjoyment.

“I'm very proud of this year's event,” Goodman added. “We couldn't have done it without all the volunteers, sponsors....the community really came together to support this event.”

He said he felt it was becoming a “new tradition” for the city of Weatherford.

Special Events Coordinator Michael Howard made similar remarks.

“When you see the expressions on the children’s faces, well that’s what it’s all about,” Howard said. “It was awesome that the event was free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors.”

This year’s event was made possible by partnerships with SouthWest Autogroup, Victory Baptist Church, North Side Baptist Church, Maverick All Star Tumblers, Casa de Crazy Event Rentals and Airheads Party Rentals.

Lance Winter: 817-594-9902, Ext. 102,

Twitter: @LanceWinter

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