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Jordan Valley Park Image by Photo provided by Brandy Gossin
Information from edited news release . . .
Springfield’s annual Festival of Lights will kick off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at Jordan Valley Park. Mayor Bob Stephens will signal the start of the holiday season by lighting a 33-foot Norway spruce,located in the park, East of the Mediacom Ice Park. The musical tree and surrounding park will be lit up with thousands of lights.
Hundreds of school-aged children are expected to attend the tree lighting ceremony, which includes live music by local performing artist Allie Hutsell, and visit by Santa Claus. The Mayor will have special help from Springfield public and private school 1st and 2nd graders, who will make jingle bell crafts and then parade with Santa through Jordan Valley Park to Hammons Field. Prizes are available for 1st and 2nd grade classes with the highest attendance.
Mediacom Ice Park, located at 635 E. Trafficway, will again offer free ice skating, 6-8 p.m. Skate rental is $2.50.
Springfield Cardinals will host a Cardinals Christmas following the tree lighting ceremony. Children will be able to visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. The evening ends with a big bang: a fireworks show set to holiday music.
New this year is Santa’s mailbox, a decked-out mailbox provided by the U.S. Postal Service, onsite Saturday night only, for the children to send letters to Santa.
Crews continue to add lighting elements this week throughout Center City. Public Works began outlining Historic City Hall with lights and hanging snowflake lights in early November.
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