, Corbin, KY

December 10, 2012

Falls hosts Holiday Hayride, visit by Santa

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Crowded shopping malls. Screaming children running rampant. Pushing through overcrowded aisles. Traffic snarls around every retail store. Lines and lines and more standing in line.

Christmas commercialism have you harried?

Then Cumberland Falls State Park has a holiday event that may get you back into the Christmas mood.

The annual Holiday Hayride is slated for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the park. Bret Smitley, a naturalist with the park, said those coming should come get their tickets at the Dupont Lodge. Tickets are $3 per person.

“We usually decorate various places around the park, and three to four years ago we decided to start the hayride,” Smitley said.

While it may seem like an unusual Christmas event, Smitley said “everyone seems to love it — even if it’s cold people don’t seem to mind it.”

He said it has been a very successful event. “We usually get more than 100 people,” he said.

One of the cabins has been totally decked out for Christmas, and St. Nick himself will be inside for pictures.

“All proceeds for the pictures with Santa Claus will go toward the Friends of Cumberland Park group,” Smitley said.

The Riverview Restaurant will be open for dinner as well.

Smitley there will also be refreshments available.

For more information call the park office at 606-528-4121.