Lights on the Carousel (With Photos)

By Erika Mahoney

Lights on the Carousel (With Photos)

November 30, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The lights are shining once again on the carousel in CFJ Park in Johnson City.

On opening night, families lined up to take a ride.

"I think it's great to expose her to all things holiday, so it's a great place," said Endicott father Mr. Reynolds. "It's one of the best carousels in probably the whole area. Beautiful and big."

Although Lights on the Carousel has only been around for three years, the carousel itself holds history.

Built in 1923, it is the biggest of six carousels in the area, with 72 horses.

"It's the crown jewel of the carousels and I feel it's one of our big draws around here," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie. "We've got Carousel Day in the summer and Lights on the Carousel. A lot of our village revolves around the carousel."

Still strong and sturdy, it's a hit with kids. And this year, for the first time, kids who come to ride the carousel will also be able to take home a free book.

"This year, Putnam Publishing has generously donated some cartons of books, so we are hoping that every child that comes can leave with a book, as long as supplies last," said Judy Snedaker, Mayor's Administrative Assistant.

Santa will also be there, with candy canes and toys. And if you are lucky, he might even ride on the carousel with you.

"It's something fun to do, it's something different," said Mayor Deemie. "It brings people out, gets them out into the community. It's just our way of getting the holiday season going."

Riding the carousel during the holiday season is a simple joy and one that will going and going for many years to come.

Lights on the Carousel are put on by Wal-Mart and the Village of Johnson City.

It will be running for the next three Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.