Colors of Christmas

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Ashland, Ky. - Just as if it was home to thousands of fireflies of every color, Ashland's Central Park explodes with a rainbow of shades each winter.

This holiday season is no different. The Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival lit up earlier this month, transforming the 52-acre park into a kaleidoscopic extravaganza of color.

From Santa and his elves to a rocking horse to towering dinosaurs, the 2005 version of the annual event offers a little of everything in the 40 holiday displays that include more than 750,000 lights.

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The free event will light up the skies from dusk until 11 p.m. each night through Jan. 2. The wonderland continues to attract visitors from across the Tri-State.

Visitors who don't feel like walking or driving around the display can hop a ride on the Wonderland Express train.

Rides will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday and from 6 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 20. The train's station is in the historic Central Park log cabin.

Santa will be making a few special pit stops each weekend during train hours.   

Snow or not, the winter wonderland is already open for fun.