Lighting Ceremony Gets Holidays Off To A Bright Star


Fire and snow. Normally the two don't go together. But they certainly did — in spectacular fashion — during the ceremonial lighting of the Historic Truman Courthouse and Independence Square.
On one of the chillier evenings of what has been a mild autumn, about the 300 people attended the ceremony, which featured the Quixotic Fire dancers and a laser light show that projected giant snowflakes onto the Truman Courthouse.

"I've always considered the lighting of the historic courthouse the official start of the holiday season in our community," said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. "This year we added some new twists to this great tradition. We made the ceremony bigger, better and brighter than ever."

Former Royal Willie Wilson

Also performing were the Studio 3V dancers, the Ancora Chorale and the Kansas City Lights Jazz Trio.

Although the ceremony concluded with former Kansas City Royals great Willie Wilson flipping the giant light switch, the fun continued with a Kids’ Winter Wonderland at the Court House Exchange restaurant directly across from the Truman Courthouse. Santa Claus also made a guest appearance, visiting with children for about one hour. 
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