Christmas activities ready to go
Santa Claus is coming to town.
On Saturday night, Santa will be stopping by Baldwin City to light the city Christmas tree. Santa's visit will conclude the annual Light Parade, which will end in front of the Lumberyard Arts Center.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. It will finish when Santa arrives at the tree. He will then choose a child to help him light the Christmas tree, which has become an annual tradition.
"Santa will light the Christmas tree and then go into the Lumberyard," said Shawna Garber, co-organizer of the parade. "He will sit there and talk to children. It will be nice to get the kids inside, too."
Garber said Saturday evening will be a good time for parents to bring their children down to meet Santa.
"Parents should bring their kids out, because it's their opportunity to meet Santa," Garber said. "They can tell them that Santa is coming to Baldwin City and they will get to meet him. That's a big deal for kids. Kids like lights, parades and Santa. They will be excited."
This year's Light Parade will feature Grand Marshals Bill and Sha Harmon. Bill Harmon was the previous president of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce.
The Harmons will be riding in a car near the front of the annual parade.
"They will be the grand marshals of the parade," Garber said. "I don't know where they will be in the parade, but they will be in it."
An addition to the parade this year will be the Baldwin High School band and choir groups. They will each be walking in the parade, while singing and playing music.
"They will both be walking," Garber said. "I think the choir will be holding candles as they go. They will sing a couple of songs down by the tree."
The annual Light Parade will begin at the corner of Eighth and Chapel streets. It will head south on Eighth, then turn and head east on High Street. It will end between Seventh and Eighth streets by the Christmas tree.
Anyone wanting to enter the parade, may call Susan Baker at the chamber of commerce at (785) 594-3200 or visit the chamber's Web site at www.baldwincitychamber.com. Parade entries will be accepted until it begins Saturday evening.
"We will take them up to the last minute," Garber said. "We are hoping for as many as we can get."
The usual assortment of hot drinks and refreshments will be served Saturday. Several downtown businesses will also be open for customers or scavenger hunters. The second-annual scavenger hunt ends Dec. 10.
There will also be an on-going raffle drawing for prizes until all of the prizes are gone.
"The Baldwin (City) Recreation Commission is still doing its giveaways like they always do," Garber said. "Last year it went on for an hour and a half after the parade. People should come, stick around and see what they can get. There are free tickets."
All of the holiday fun begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Baldwin City.