Carols in the Park lights up indoor Christmas tree forest in Pittsburg

Carols in the Park lights up indoor Christmas tree forest in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Texas (KLTV) - Many say decorated Christmas trees are beautiful and full of the spirit of the season. But you generally only see one at a time. Well, the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg is giving everyone the chance to see about a hundred under one roof.

They call it Carols in the Park, even though it’s inside a building.

It just kind of looks like a forest of Christmas Trees, until they turn the lights out, that’s when it becomes magical according to Linda Alford, Co-chair of Carols in the Park.

“We decorate Christmas trees as we interpret Christmas carols,” Alford said.

They have thirty carols represented this time around.

“We have three new carols, and each person that decorates the tree brings their own insight into how the tree should be decorated,” Alford stated.

Many of the trees featured in the indoor Christmas park have Christmas carol themes. (Source: Jamey Boyum, KLTV News)
Many of the trees featured in the indoor Christmas park have Christmas carol themes. (Source: Jamey Boyum, KLTV News) (Source: KLTV News)

“How many trees do you have here?” I asked Linda.

“Over one-hundred twenty five. We have thirty that are for carols, and then we have what we call side trees that have some decorations that are complimentary to the carol tree. And then we have trees, some lit and some unlit in our park setting. We have a few park benches around,” she replied.

They set up the display once every two years, which happens to correspond to an odd event.

“In case the rest of the area doesn’t know, it snowed yesterday,” Alford revealed.

“Indoor snow,” I observed.

“Indoor snow,” she agreed.

The idea started as something they used to do at Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Longview, thought up by Vicki Dunbar.

“Theirs were a little bit different. Theirs were based on different scriptures, where ours are based on specific carols,” Alford explained.

They start setting it up in October, and it usually goes down to the wire on opening day.

“We have a core team of about ten people that do a lot of the work,” Alford said.

She says it’s a church wide effort donating trees and loaning benches and testing deer and lights. So, how many?

“I don’t know that anyone wants to count the lights,” Alford smiled.

“I’m not volunteering for that,” I said.

So pencil it in, it’s only open for six days before the lights go out, and the snow and ice melt away for two years.

Carols in the park is held at the First United Methodist Church Ministry Center At 209 Mt. Pleasant Street near downtown Pittsburg. It’s open December 5-8, 13-14 from 6 pm to 8 pm and also 2 pm to 4 pm on December 7-8. And it’s free.

You may call the church office at 903-856-2839 for more information.

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