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Christmas

Island : A look back at a returning holiday tradition

Christmas light show runs through January 2 at Burnside Island

By Christopher Harris Commonwealth Journal
Burnside has its own version of Father Christmas .
One might as well give that well-worn title to the city ’ s tourism director Frank Crabtree , Jr . After all , he ’ s the man largely responsible for bringing Christmas Island back to Burnside .
Of course , Mayor Robert Lawson and numerous others played major roles in that as well . But it was a big push by Crabtree early in his time as the man tasked with promoting the “ only town on Lake Cumberland ” to get the beloved local holiday tradition going again , after a near two-decade absence .
“ Christmas Island 2021 ” is being held November 18 through January 2 on General Burnside Island . The attraction features a wide array of Christmas light displays , which wide-eyed fans of holiday festivities can take a tour of in their vehicle .
And even though Christmas Island eventually died down ... and disappeared like Santa ’ s sleigh into the snowy night sky , the people of the Lake Cumberland region never forgot about it .
“ We are excited to have this part of the Community again ,” said Crabtree . “ I am extremely proud of Mayor Lawson , Burnside City Council , Burnside Tourism Commission , employees at Burnside City Hall , and the greater business community providing sponsorships . Despite the obstacles presented by a year with COVID-19 challenging our community -- myself getting sick included -- everyone has pulled together and made this year possible . We hope this year ’ s return of Christmas Island is one of many years to come !”
Mondays through Thursdays , the display will be open from 6 p . m . to 10 p . m ., and Fridays through Sunday ’ s from 6 p . m . to 11 p . m . The drive takes about 20 minutes and goes all the way back through the campground at the state park . There are 48 different displays along
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