Amusement Park Turns Into a Holiday Wonderland

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Christmas is still more than a month away, but Beech Bend Amusement Park is already in the holiday spirit.

The park is transforming into a winter wonderland complete with Santa's village, ice skating and close to a million sparkling lights.

"I think we're going to have one of the best lights anywhere around," assured Dallas Jones, owner of Beech Bend Amusement Park.

That's not just talk, Jones is ready to put his money where his mouth is this Christmas.

A crew of people are temporarily turning his park into a Christmas extravaganza.

The park will boast an ice skating rink and a giant movie screen that will continuously play holiday classics, among other things.

The park's biggest attraction, The Kentucky Rumbler wooden roller-coaster, will be open for business.

The only catch is riders will have to ride it in the dark.

"I've ridden it in the dark and it's just a totally different experience. You're lost from the time you get on it till you get back to the loading station," Jones said.

However, the star of the program may just be the two-miles of Christmas lights that will be strewn throughout the park.

"There's 109 different displays and it's everything from Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, to the Bible, to 'Season's Greetings,'" Jones explained.

He says most of the lights on display will be computer-animated.

With all the pomp and circumstance Jones is putting into his first Christmas production, he hopes to see the holiday spirit in people from all over.

"We hope to spread a lot of joy and cheer with the South-Central Kentucky and not only South-Central Kentucky, but we're looking for people to drive two hours to see this show," Jones said.

You can also find WBKO's own Christmas Village at the "Holiday Lights Extravaganza."

The lights will begin Thanksgiving night from 5 to 10 p.m., and they'll run through Jan. 5.

For more on the Holiday Lights Extravaganza, click here.


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