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Carols in the Park lights up church ministry center in Pittsburg

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 1:01 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 10:54 PM CST
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PITTSBURG, Texas (KLTV) - If you’d like to take a walk through a forest of decorated Christmas trees, well you can. The First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg is hosting their bi-annual Carols in the Park where trees are decorated in the theme of Christmas carols. And maybe the best part is that the 100 trees are inside a building.

Ahh, the great outdoors, which in some ways is enhanced by being indoors. Carols in the Park Cochairs Linda Alford and Mary Collins say their group takes about eight weeks to build the forest, and it’s funded by giving people and their own pockets.

“This event is free. We do have some people that want to give a donation occasionally, and we use that for infrastructure if they do. We have people that bring canned goods. We take those to God’s Closet here in town that feeds a lot of hungry people in our area,” Alford said.

The trees themselves are formerly loved, now donations, but:

“The ornaments on the decorations of every tree are purchased by the decorator,” Alford said.

They’ve been doing it every other year since 2008, decorators have changed so decor is handed down. The lights however were not since the power draw grew with decor.

“We decided in order to get past those electrical issues, we needed to change to LEDs,” Alford said.

They clipped the incandescents off one by one. Mary says many of the guests:

“Read the carols and they see the vision of the designer and come and mention to us which ones are their very favorites,” Collins said.

It’s nearly showtime, they’re just making sure it looks a lot like Christmas. When the carol trees were lit, and the snow had fallen into place a few days ago:

“We climbed up a big stair ladder, and we sat on the ladder and looked out over the trees and I don’t think there was a dry eye. We were so happy that we were able to pull it off and give to our community and area,” Collins said.

Well, the ladder’s not part of the tour but I did manage to grab an aerial. But from there or down below you can almost hear the trees singing.

Carols in the Park is December 2 to 5 and 10, 11 from 6pm to 8pm and also 2pm to 4pm on the fourth and fifth. It’s at 209 Mt. Pleasant Street in the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg. And yes, you heard correctly, it’s free.

About 100 trees are decorated based on Christmas carols.

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