Each year, Paducah Power System sponsors a magnificent display of Christmas lights in Paducah’s Noble Park. A half million twinkling bulbs illuminate the park between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day each holiday season. Thousands of people visit the event, making it a holiday favorite for people of all ages.
The 2020 event will kick-off on Wednesday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m. with a Christmas Lights in the Park Parade. The small parade will consist of eight vehicles that will be escorted by Paducah Police into Noble Park. The vehicles will line up in the parking lot of Plaza Tire at 2025 Park Avenue.
Community volunteers man the Santa House at the park, collecting donations of money and nonperishable food for area helping agencies. All donations from Christmas in the Park activities go to Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Family Service Society, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Society.
In recent years, a significant portion of the proceeds have come from the annual School Challenge which involves local school districts. During the School Challenge, schools in Paducah/McCracken County compete against each other by collecting canned goods. The school that collects the most pounds of food per student wins $1,000.