The Excelsior Springs Christmas Committee, dedicated to spreading holiday joy, has once again outdone itself with this year’s enchanting kickoff to the holiday season. Months of meticulous planning by local groups and volunteers culminated in a series of heartwarming events that brought the community together in a festive celebration.
A Festive Prelude: Wreath Auction and Fashion Show
The holiday festivities began early in the week with a Christmas Wreath Auction, an event that showcased the creative talents of the community. This auction, held alongside the glamorous Christmas Fashion Show featuring Style by Ry and Pairings by Van Till, offered a unique blend of fashion and festivity, setting the perfect tone for the holiday season.
Elf Factory: Sparking Creativity in Young Hearts
The Excelsior Springs Community Center was abuzz with excitement as it hosted the annual Elf Factory. This beloved crafting event provided a creative playground for children, who spent four joyful hours making holiday crafts. With items ranging from 50 cents to $7.00, it was a delightful opportunity for kids to create ornaments and gifts, adding a personal touch to their family’s holiday celebrations.
Mistletoe Market: A Haven for Holiday Shoppers
The heart of downtown was transformed into a festive bazaar at The Montgomery Event Venue, where the Mistletoe Market ran from 10am to 5pm. Patrons enjoyed a variety of holiday gift options, from homemade jams and jellies to unique crafts. The market also played a crucial role in community support, hosting a silent auction for the Matt Bailey family, offering a beacon of hope amidst their challenging times.
Lighted Christmas Parade: A Spectacle of Joy
The Lighted Christmas Parade was a highlight, drawing crowds to the streets to witness a dazzling procession. Led by Grand Marshal TR Kennedy, the Building Superintendent known for his dedication to the community, the parade featured an array of delightful entries. Highlights included the adorable Power Wheel-driving dogs, whimsical Grinch appearances, and the debut of the new police cruisers, Thunder and Lightning.
Lighting Up the Season: Lane of Lights and Hall of Trees
The festive spirit continues throughout December with the Lane of Lights, a mesmerizing display that includes a popular lighted tunnel. For a small donation, visitors can immerse themselves in this winter wonderland. The Hall of Trees, another highlight, invites visitors to vote for their favorite trees, with proceeds supporting community initiatives. Adding to the charm, children can send their wishes directly to Santa through the special mailbox at the Excelsior Springs Museum.