Christmas light show along Flint River returns bigger, better than ever

Published 3:07 pm Friday, November 15, 2019

With the holidays just around the corner, the Bainbridge Parks Department has been hard at work setting up countless light displays for the annual Lights Along the River on Hatcher Road.

The Parks Department began work last week, mounting lights and working on the six new displays.

Community Affairs Director, Crystal Hines said they have added various lights such as, Mrs. Claus baking cooking, a butterfly, a family of snowmen, more lighted archways and a special light surprise that visitors will have to see in person. She also added that they have replaced many of the white lights for colored lights to add more cheer in some areas.

Hines said the lights display will begin Dec. 1 and last through Dec. 31, but there will be a preview night available on Nov. 30 for those who would like to walk through the lights.

The lights will turn on as it begins to get dark; there will then be a barricade put in place so cars will only be able to drive one way through Hatcher Road, but the lights are free and open to everyone.

Hines plans to continue last year’s tradition with the Recreation Authority and organize a Jingle Jog. The jog will take place on Dec. 14. As the time draws nearer, more information on the time and registration will be released.

Hines also has a new idea she would love to incorporate. At the last shelter before leaving the lights, Hines is trying to recruit churches or other singing groups to sing Christmas carols for viewers on Saturday nights. She thinks this would draw in more people and just only add to the festive spirit the lights are trying to promote.

“We just want it to be bigger and brighter every year,” Hines said.

For those interested in singing, contact Hines at crystal@bainbridgecity.com or by phone at 229-243-8555.

Hines is looking forward to another year of lights down by the river and invites everyone to come out and see the new displays.