“Joy of Christmas” display opens at Firestone Park

New this year to the “Joy of Christmas” light display in Columbiana’s Firestone Park are dancing Christmas trees along the banks of Mirror Lake. As visitors enter the park they will be instructed to turn their radio to 97.9 FM to hear Christmas music that synchronizes with the lights on the dancing trees. Joy of Christmas director Terry McCoy walks up the lighted walkway to the Gingerbread House. Over 100 gingerbread house creations by area elementary students are on display. The display opens tonight following the parade and runs through Dec. 26. Over a million lights on over 75 displays are open to the public from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 17-19, 23-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, and every night Dec. 7-26. The Gingerbread House and Santa’s Ice Castle offer many activities and displays for children along with cookies, hot chocolate and photos with Santa. A $10 per carload donation is requested at admission. A hayride through the lights will take place Saturday night for $5 per person. Senior Night is Dec. 2 for $5 per carload. A special night Wednesday on Dec. 6 is for special needs children, by appointment at 330-853-9834. (Salem News photos by Patti Schaeffer)