County Executive to Light
Independence Square for the Holidays
Arrival of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Highlight Saturday’s Events  

November 15, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Independence Mayor Don Reimal will flip the switch to light the Historic Truman Courthouse for the holiday season on Saturday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. 

The lighting ceremony is the grand finale of several events scheduled to take place at the Independence Square, including an appearance by the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Activities begin at 3:00 p.m. and include a Kids Winter Wonderland, sleigh rides, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa Claus.

At 4:00 p.m., the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be led into the Independence Square by the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Brass Ensemble and the Independence Police Department Color Guard. Citizens will be able to view the tree as well as sign a holiday card that will go with the tree to Washington D.C.

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is a 73-foot Engelmann Spruce from the White River National Forest in Meeker, Colorado. The tree is making stops in 30 cities around the country before arriving at the U.S. Capitol Building on November 26. 

The official holiday lighting program will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with performances by the Sante Fe Elementary School Choir and the Ancora Choral Ensemble. At 5:45 p.m., County Executive Sanders will read Twas the Night before Christmas, followed by the lighting of the Truman Courthouse. 

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