Christmas events help spread holiday cheer

bbashioum@demo-mo.comDecember 5, 2013 

After arriving on a firetruck, Santa Claus shares a moment with Belton Police Chief Jim Person during the city’s Mayor Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Peace Park on Dec. 2.

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The Christmas holiday season should be in full swing in Harrisonville by the end of the weekend.

A line-up of festivities have been organized by the city of Harrisonville, the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and several other local groups are sure to spread holiday cheer beginning Saturday, Dec. 7.

Holiday Craft Show

The day will begin with a Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Harrisonville Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Pkwy., in the gymnasium.

The holiday shopping opportunity will feature a selection of crafts and gifts presented by area merchants and artisans.

Christmas in the Cabin

Families in the community are invited to help decorate the historic Sharp-Hopper Log Cabin, 400 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, for an 1870s Christmas.

“Christmas in the Cabin” will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday and is an event sponsored by the chamber and Cass County Historical Society. Participants will be able to make old-fashioned holiday ornaments and wall decorations, help string garland around the fireplace mantels, decorate Christmas trees, and sew stockings to be hung “by the chimney with care.” An 1870s Santa Claus will also be at the cabin along with his sleigh.

Mayor’s Christmas

Tree Lighting

Harrisonville Mayor Kevin Wood will flip the switch to light up the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Marler-Wirt-Allen Park, located at the corner of S. Independence and Mechanic Streets.

Santa Claus will arrive in a vintage red Pontiac convertible and stay to hear all the children’s Christmas wishes.

Special musical guests from First Christian Church in Harrisonville will lead participants in carols following the tree lighting. Individuals will also have the opportunity to go Christmas caroling at local nursing homes throughout the area following the event.

Harrisonville Chamber President Obie Carl said he hopes the festivities will help area residents get into the holiday spirit. “We hope to bring people in town,” he said.

Carl said the chamber is working to bring back Harrisonville’s traditional Christmas event on the Square.

“Next year the chamber is planning to get that revived with the Santa, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and perhaps go back to the horse-drawn wagon hay rides,” he said. “We used to have a big crowd for that years ago.”

Live Nativity Scene

The merriment of the season will continue into the evening at the First Christian Church, 400 S. Independence St. with a live nativity scene on display from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

The tradition, in its fifth year, promises to delight the young and the old. Guests are instructed to enter the nativity scene from Washington Street, and are encouraged to bring a food or monetary donation for the Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry.

Christmas Homes Tour

The 16th annual Christmas Homes Tour hosted by the Harrisonville Business Women of Missouri will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Participating homes include the Travis residence, 26208 S. Southwood Rd., Harrisonville; Atkinson residence, 23405 E. State Hwy. 2, Harrisonville; Reece residence, 400 E. Pearl St., Harrisonville; and the Creekmoor Visitor’s Center, 825 Creekmoor Pond Ln., Raymore.

“We expect them to be interestingly decorated,” Homes Tour chairwoman Meryline Kramer said. “The Harrisonville Business Women have been here since 1928 and appreciates the support from the community for the only fundraiser that goes to our organization.”

Kramer said one of the homes will be featuring a large nutcracker display. She also noted that the home in Raymore was decorated by a professional interior designer.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale at any of the houses on the day of the tour and at the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce, 2819 Cantrell Rd., during regular business hours.

The HBW organization helps support several causes throughout the year, including Hope Haven and developmentally disabled persons in Cass County.

More information can be found on the HBW website.

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