A 23-year holiday tradition in College Station continued Friday when the lights were turned on at Central Park's Christmas in the Park.
Since 1984, Ric Ploeger has been credited with creating the lighting display that entertains kids ages 1 to 92.
The assistant parks director is retiring later this year and at Friday's opening ceremony, he was honored for his 29 years of service to the city.
Gerald Guillory, the city's forestry supervisor, is taking over the role of Santa at Christmas in the Park and will be responsible for designing and lighting the park.
This weekend and for the next two weekends, the public is invited to come see the beautiful display of Christmas lights and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cookies.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on weekend nights, kids and the young at heart can ride on the hayride and even pay a visit to jolly old Saint Nick himself. Admission is free.
Lights will remain on every night of the week through January 1.