Chillicothe’s Festival of Lights in Simpson Park has come to a close and volunteers have spent the last few days taking down lights and holiday decorations.

Chillicothe’s Festival of Lights in Simpson Park has come to a close and volunteers have spent the last few days taking down lights and holiday decorations. Among those removing lights on Monday were Debbie Goodwin and Don Wilhoit. This particular “green” tree was among several that the two had decorated by meticulously wrapping light strings around each branch. They used a lift to hoist them high enough to reach the top of the tree to remove lights. The large red bows decorating the lamp posts throughout the park were removed Saturday, prior to Sunday’s rain. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities removed the large decorated framework at the Washington Street entrance Monday morning. Barb Burton, Festival of Lights coordinator, expected the removal of all of the decorations to be completed next week, weather permitting. Temperatures stayed below freezing from Dec. 22 until this past weekend. Monday’s high reached the mid-30s. The temperature is forecast to reach 48 today and 55 on Wednesday before colder conditions return Friday with the temperature remaining below 32 degrees until next Wednesday.