It’s been roughly 20 years since Old Poway Park's first Christmas in the Park event, but Valerie Bailey can still recall the crisp chill of the evening air.
“It gives people the opportunity to bundle up in the old winter clothes and really experience something,” said Bailey, her smile reaching through the telephone. "It really does take you back in time.”
Bailey serves as chairwoman of the Boardwalk Craft Market Committee. She also is a longtime member of the Arts and Crafts Guild, one of 13 organizations making up the Old Poway Park Action Committee, whose volunteers offer time and knowledge to visitors during the annual Christmas event.
Bailey says she’s excited for the train ride in addition to the arts and crafts,
“It’s a wonderful experience to ride the train in the dark,” she said.
Sarah Becker, the city’s recreation coordinator, said the event saw 8,500 visitors throughout the night last year and is expected to continue to grow. She says this year will feature some new activities as well as the old favorites.
“We’ll have an old fashioned soda wagon from the late-1800s time period … and a marionette puppet show,” Becker said, adding that the kitten and puppy adoptions will continue this year. “That seemed to be a great success.”
The event is free to the public, and runs from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information, click here.