Lighting Up The Holidays
Ceremony Celebrates The Season

At Historic Truman Courthouse

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders reads 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. VIEW MORE PHOTOS

NOVEMBER 24, 2010 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Independence Mayor Don Reimal capped off a day of festivities on the Independence Square Saturday, November 20, by flipping the switch and lighting up the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse for the holidays.
 The events included a Kids Wonderland featuring face painters provided by the Jackson County MyArts program, a balloon artist, a visit from Santa and a special mailbox for children to post their letters express to the North Pole. Several merchants around The Square showcased their stores with "Living Windows" which included live entertainment in their front window displays. Strolling carolers and a sleigh pulled by special “reinmules” were also well appreciated.
The formal program began with Dick Wilson from Oldies 95 introducing County Executive Sanders and Mayor Reimal. Children from the Bryant School Fourth Grade Choir entertained the crowd with holiday favorites. County Executive Mike Sanders continued his holiday tradition and read ’Twas the Night before Christmas to a crowd of more than 500 children and adults.
The long tradition of lighting up the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse continues to be a holiday centerpiece for the Independence Square that the entire community can enjoy.

Young dancers perform in the Kids' Winter Wonderland.

Kansas City Royals mascot Slugger kicks up his heels along with dancers in the Kids' Winter Wonderland.

Santa hears a child's request prior to the Courthouse lighting.

One of many young visitors tries out a pair of "snowflake" glasses.

The choir from Bryant Elementary School performs.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders watches as the lights come on as he and Independence Mayor Don Reimal, joined by representatives from KCTV5 and KCP&L, flip the switch to light the courthouse.



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