Tree lighting to welcome holidays to De Soto
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is returning to a stand-alone event this year after kicking off De Soto’s 2007 sesquicentennial celebration in December 2006 and concluding it last year.
The De Soto Chamber of Commerce event will start the local holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 32905 W. 84th St.
Mayor Dave Anderson will light the tree after the De Soto High School Band and Madrigals play on the steps of the Community Center. As in the past, the outdoor ceremonies will include the arrival on Santa Claus on a fire truck.
“We realize it’s going to be chilly outside so we’ll keep it brief so everybody can come inside to enjoy the activities,” Chamber director Sara Ritter said. “We don’t want the cold to deter people from coming.”
The Bleu Tomato will provide refreshments after the outdoor ceremonies in the De Soto Senior Center, Ritter said. Meanwhile, Santa Claus will be greeting children in the gym, she said.
“We encourage people to bring a camera to get a picture of their kids with Santa,” she said.
For the second year in a row, Santa won’t be the only elf present. Ritter said Nikki Leisten’s Lexington Trails Middle School seventh-grade class would return to lead children’s games in the gym. Last year, the students dressed in elf and reindeer costumes.
“I’m looking for other civic groups or Scouts who have ideas about how we can make this a bigger event,” she said. “Next year, we’d like to have more eve