It’s beginning to look . . .

Photo by Bobbie Poynter

Barbourville City Street Department workers Eddie Mills, Kennith Tye, Eugene Roark and Robert Witt place the fourth and final Christmas candle decoration at Thompson Park Thursday.
Barbourville City Street Department workers Eddie Mills, Kennith Tye, Eugene Roark and Robert Witt place the fourth and final Christmas candle decoration at Thompson Park Thursday.

By Bobbie Poynter

Barbourville’s holiday displays are expected to be all lit up Thanksgiving Eve

Very soon Barbourville will be lit up for the Christmas season. The Barbourville Street Department has nearly completed installing all of the multitudes of giant lighted Christmas displays throughout the city and along the highway through town.

The 12 Days of Christmas decorations are already up along Hwy 25E. All the Street Department has left to do is run power to all the displays.

“Our plan is to have all the town’s Christmas decorations in place in time for the annual Christmas parade,” said Robbie Cobb, Barbourville Street Department Manager. “We’ll be running tests on and off between now and Wednesday, so we’re actually planning to be all it up by Thanksgiving.”

If you’re looking to check out the beautiful Barbourville decorations over the holiday season, you can start with the 12 days of Christmas displays, which are all along Hwy 25E. The First Day of Christmas begins at Knox Street and the displays continue on for about a mile where the 12th Day of Christmas ends at Forcht Bank.

Once you’ve seen the 12 Days of Christmas, your trip doesn’t have to stop. You can stop by the Barbourville City Park and check out the lighted ship, lighthouse, music-playing bears and the ever-present dragon stretched out around the gazebo island.

Still want more? Take a short drive to Thompson Park to see the giant lighted Christmas Candles, wreath and Christmas tree.

Downtown Barbourville will also be decked out, but if you are lucky enough to be driving through on Dec. 5-7, there will be lots of things to do besides sit in your car and look out.

The First Baptist Church will be open all day Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, to host numerous Christmas events, including a Christmas Bazaar, an Elite Dance Studio performance, Top Baker Showcase and Storytime with Santa.

Union College will also hold its annual Christmas Festival Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday night at the Conway Boatman Chapel.

Sunday, Dec. 7, will be the Barbourville Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Barbourville Women’s Study Club. Stop by the Tourism Center at 3 p.m. if you would like to see some of Barbourville’s most beautifully decorated homes.

Anyone wanting more information on the Barbourville Christmas festivities can call Barbourville Tourism at 545-9674 or visit facebook.com/barbourville.christmas.