To me, one of the best things about this time of year is holiday lights. They bathe the cold landscape in a warm glow and herald the promise of the sun’s return during the darkest days of winter. And every Christmas, the staff at the Port of Kingston pulls out all of the stops and decorates Mike Wallace Park in a million of them. It’s no easy task. Preparations begin in March when volunteers start meeting in the marina office to work on displays and it takes the guys a solid two months to put them all up. This week marked the official turning on of the lights and we think all of their hard work paid off.
The best way to enjoy the lights is to take a walk through the park. Starting at the guest dock, visitors are warmly greeted by the Port of Kingston:
The marina office and water feature are next in line:
Along the back section of the park, the guys have planted a new garden:
And created an ocean scene complete with a crab, a seahorse, a jelly fish a square-rigger and salmon:
Every year they add more lights and displays so that's it's never the same twice. This year, one of the guys made "Bessie", Kingston's very own sea monster – she's pretty impressive:
And, of course, Kingston wouldn't be a sea port without its very own lighthouse:
A local nursery donates the Christmas tree and there's a big celebration at the pavilion in the park with bonfires, singers, food vendors and hot drinks. At 5 o'clock, Santa arrives by firetruck and turns on the lights.
The lights go beyond the park area and line the waterfront:
And now the view from the boat looks like this:
And that wraps up our walk through Mike Wallace Park at the Port of Kingston, our quaint little seaside home. If you’d like to read more about walks through interesting and unique places, check out Restless Jo and Jo’sMonday Walks.