Mill Creek MetroParks’ Winter Nights celebrations continue Dec. 16, 23

Mill Crek MetroParks’ Winter Nights celebrations continue Dec. 16, 23



Five-year-old Natalie Norden donned the Snow Queen crown just as if it was made for her.

Natalie, her grandmother, Audrey Martin, and Martin’s fiance, Charlie Fox, of North Benton, were among visitors Sunday to Winter Nights at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek MetroParks.

The Snow Queen, portrayed by Barbara Root of Campbell, dressed all in white with silver icicles in her hair, sat on her throne allowing the young and young-at-heart a chance to wear the crown and pose for photographs.

“Wave the wand like this,” Root directed Natalie who followed.

“Now it’s going to snow on Tuesday,” she said.

Winter Nights runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 23 at the gardens. Features include illuminated garden paths, music, cookies and cocoa and Christmas trees decorated by various community organizations throughout the D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center.

Sunday’s entertainment was provided by dancers from the Burke School of Irish Step Dance.

Keith Kaiser, horticulture director, estimated that 500 people would come through the gardens Sunday, the first night. Last year’s three nights drew about 3,500 people.

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