YUKON — Christmas in the Park turns 17 this year, and from its humble beginnings with just a few displays, it now features 4.5 million lights and its latest addition: a place for people to pop the question.
Christmas in the Park is open from 6 to 11 p.m. through New Year's Eve. Admission is free.
This year, couples can park their car, walk to the sign area, and the person popping the question can flip a switch to turn on a sign on that spells out “Will you marry me?” The sign was the idea of Yukon city employee Dana Deckard.
“We've had some phone calls over the years asking where is the best part of the park to propose,” Deckard said. “We thought it would be fun and exciting to give people a place for this fun and important moment in their lives.”
Deckard said there already have been several calls about the sign from men looking to propose. People who want to use the sign are encouraged to call the city of Yukon before going to the park to ensure there is no conflict with another couple.
“We don't know what to expect,” Deckard said. “We think it's something that's very unique. I don't know any other displays in the area that have something specific for marriage proposals.”
Other new displays include a large park scene and a church.
“We try to add something different every year,” Deckard said. “I think what we have works very well, but it's important to keep it fresh and throw in some surprises for people coming to visit us.”
Last year, 65,000 vehicles toured the display. Visitors also can take a self-guided walking tour over 2.2 miles of trails.
Kids can ride the Santa Express train from 6 to 10 p.m. daily for $2 per person. The train depot is inside Chisholm Trail Park.