Community Tree Lighting Dec. 5

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The Christmas holidays in Jefferson will kick off officially Thursday, Dec. 5, with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting held in the Thomas Jefferson Gardens. Several organizations have been coordinating this special event to enhance the evening even further.

Here’s the timeline for the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Event:
• 5-6 pm Holiday stories at the Jefferson public library read by Friends of the Library

• 5:15 – 5:30 pm Christmas “Tower Tunes Live” concert played on the Mahanay Carillon
• 5:30-6 pm Caroling at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens by the Greene County Singers
• 5:45-6:15 pm Cider and cookies served in the Welcome Center.
• 5:30 pm Tag-a Tree – Wishes can be written on a tag to add to the tree with one chosen for a prize. Youngsters will pick up reindeer food for use on Christmas Eve. Everyone can enjoy the Christmas lights while walking around the Thomas Jefferson Gardens.
• 6:15 pm Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at via a secret mode of transportation
• 6:30 pm Annual Christmas tree lighting in the Thomas Jefferson Gardens
• 6:45-7:15 pm Holiday stories at the Greene County courthouse by Friends of the Library
• 6:45-7:30 pm Santa listens to children’s wishes in the Paul Nally Observation Deck of the Mahanay Bell Tower with free admission courtesy of the Bell Tower Community Foundation

The planning group has added a Light Up the Holiday weekend from Dec. 6 – 9 with residents and businesses encouraged to call the Chamber of Commerce to share their address to be added to a map for visitors to follow. Call 515-386-2155 to be included on the map.

Chairperson for this event is Angie Reese-Hueser of the promotion team of Jefferson Matters: Main Street. The Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Jefferson Gardens, Friends of the Library, the Bell Tower Community Foundation, and Greene County Singers are also coordinating activities for this event.

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