Above, Santa Claus returns to the La Cygne Library this year during the Christmas on Broadway event on Sunday, Dec. 10. Below, volunteer Keith Stoker with the Ray of Hope Foundation hands out warm apparel during last year's event. (Journal file photos)
LA CYGNE – The annual La Cygne Christmas celebration, Christmas on Broadway, returns on Sunday, Dec. 9, with plenty of games and events for area residents to enjoy.
This year, though, organizers are adding the Christmas Whoville Parade of Lights and a lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
Sponsored by the La Cygne Chamber of Commerce, Christmas on Broadway will again include several outdoor activities on north Broadway from 3 to 5 p.m. Those activities include the Christmas Train, a fire truck, cookies and cocoa.
Santa will be at the La Cygne Library for photos and getting an update on children’s wish lists for under the Christmas tree.
A special treat at the library for children is storyteller and performer Hugo Kringle, a Jacksonville, Ill.-based man who bills himself as “Santa’s Little Brother.” Hugo, also known as Mike Anderson the dulcimer guy, travels across the region to entertain during the holiday season. Hugo will also perform at the senior lunch on Monday at the library at 12:15.
The La Cygne Community Building will also be open during this time with crafts and games for the kids. The La Cygne Parent-Teacher Organization will also be conducting a raffle with great pre-Christmas prizes. Candidates for Snowflake Prince and Snowflake Princess will be selling tickets prior to the drawing.
As the chamber’s event winds down, the Whoville volunteers take over. Organized by Jenn Vogt of Barefoot Photography and Logan Smith of Re-Ohz! Ice cream and sandwich shop, the Whoville Parade of Lights is expected to have more than a dozen entries lit up for the evening event.
That includes the Prairie View High School Marching Band.
Following the parade, La Cygne Mayor Debra Wilson will preside over the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.