The lack of an actual baby Jesus in the nativity scene led to miscommunication and a story that made international headlines, but tonight Jesus has arrived and the mayor hopes to turn a bad story into one of peace and goodwill for all.
It's an annual pilgrimage for people from the Kanawha valley and beyond. The St. Albans Festival of Lights screams Christmas. This year, for the first time, the manger includes a wired, lighted display of baby Jesus. St. Albans mayor Dick Calloway assured the citizens and city council that the absence of an actual baby Jesus from the nativity scene was never a calculated attempt to avoid a civil liberties controversy, but that's the way the story was presented by one city official last week. It led to worldwide media attention and public criticism.
The St. Albans Festival of Lights is open every night from six to nine through December 23rd. The park is closed on December 24th. and 25th, and will re-open the day after Christmas. Final night is December 27th.