Warm hugs welcomed at chilly Christmas kick-off
Excelsior Springs kicked off the Christmas season in style on Saturday, with an afternoon and evening full of holiday activities.
From an Elf Factory and photos with Santa Claus, to a lighted Christmas parade, special music and the opening of both the Hall of Trees and the Lane of Lights, hundreds of local residents braved the cold to turn out to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.
There’s still more ahead, including the Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 7 and a few new events, including a candy cane hunt and a snowball drop. Check out our calendar for more information about these new events.
For more photos of the festivities on Saturday, pick up a print copy or check out the e-edition of the Tuesday, Nov. 26, Standard.
Leyla Emre gave a big hug to Santa Claus on Saturday night during Excelsior Springs’ annual Christmas kick-off. The evening’s activities featured the annual lighted Christmas parade, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting outside the Hall of Waters and the grand opening of both the Hall of Trees and Lane of Lights. The night had its share of shining faces and frost-nipped fingers and toes as everyone was filled with holiday cheer. Santa Claus spent the afternoon hearing children’s Christmas wishes and posing for photos, taking a break to star in the parade. Earlier in the day, volunteers at the Elf Factory helped dozens of youngsters to create arts and crafts to give away as special gifts to family and friends. Turn to page 12 for more photos of Saturday’s festivities. (Photo by Skyla Sullivan)
By Eric Copeland • firstname.lastname@example.org
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