De Soto to greet Christmas season Saturday
De Soto will roll out the red-and-green carpet to the Christmas season with two events Saturday that have become traditions in the community.
Saturday's seasons greetings will start at 8 a.m. with Starside Elementary School PTA's annual Breakfast with Santa. The day's festivities will conclude with the lighting of the mayor's Christmas tree during festivities starting at 5 p.m. at the Community Center, 32905 W. 84th St.
De Soto Chamber of Commerce Director Sara Ritter said the Saturday evening community celebration would be both familiar and larger than those in the past.
"We're trying to grow on it every year," Ritter said. "Last year we had a great attendance, and we're looking to do better this year."
The event had already surpassed last year's effort in one category, Ritter said. There would be four Brownie Scout troops and one Girl Scout troop in attendance, compared to a single Brownie Scout troop last year, she said.
The evening's events will include Mayor Dave Anderson's annual lighting of the Community Christmas Tree with the aid of the reigning De Soto Little Miss and Mister couple, Brooke Schupp and Cody Towner.
Performances by the De Soto High School Madrigals and Wildcat Marching Band, preparing for a New Year's Day performance at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, will be featured.
De Soto Nutrition Center will once again provide a warm bowl of soup to those in attendance. The center will be enlivened with music from the Kansas Old Time Pickers and Fiddlers.
The tree lighting will, of course, include a visit from Santa Claus. The elf will be central to Starside Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the school's PTA.
The Starside event will start at 8:30 a.m. at the school and will include the annual craft sale in the gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kay Speed said there would be 20 vendors in the gym, mostly offering holiday items. Make-and-take crafts were planned to keep children entertained, she said.
Santa will arrive at the school at 9 a.m. on a truck from the De Soto Volunteer Fire Department and will be available for pictures with children until 11 a.m.
Speed said elementary students from various district schools would provide live music throughout the morning.