November 18, 2021

Holiday in the Park – A Holiday Tradition

The City of Owensboro’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Public Works Department would like to invite everyone to get in the holiday spirit by coming to Legion Park from November 24 through January 2, 2022 for our 36th annual Holiday in the Park. With more than 50 structures and over 200,000 bulbs, these lights are sure to fill you with joy! Walk through the park with family and friends viewing the dancing trees, toys, and Santa’s sleigh at no cost!

Holiday in the Park began in 1986 and was strictly wooden structures sponsored by local businesses and also donated by schools in our area.  At that time, Parks Director, Cyndi Sturgeon and Facilities Manager Bill Jackson, had a vision of Christmas Structures in the Park.  She and Bill gathered pictures of different wooden structures and created a catalog with the desired structures. They went around to local businesses in Owensboro to get sponsorships for them.  Cyndi met with Army Armstrong who built them after receiving sponsorships.

The city provided the lights and the structures were sold to schools and companies to be placed in the park. In January 2000, a tornado swept through Owensboro causing severe damage to many of the structures in the park.  While some of them were salvaged, others were not. As time evolved, the park has been updated to hold the remaining wooden structures from years past and each year lighted displays have been added.

We would like to give a special thanks to the many dedicated Public Works employees who help make Holiday in the Park a success.


For more information, call the Owensboro Parks & Recreation Administrative Center at 270-687-8700 or visit