INDEPENDENCE, MO – County Executive Mike Sanders will be joined by Willie Wilson, the Kansas City Royals all-time stolen base king, and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir when Jackson County lights the Historic Truman Courthouse on Independence Square for the holiday season during a special ceremony Friday, Nov. 20.
The “Star Bright, Star Light! Jackson County Lights Up the Square Tonight!” ceremony starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 on the north side of the Truman Courthouse along Maple Street, and includes performances by Studio 3V dancers, the Ancora Chorale and the Quixotic Fire dancers. Before the courthouse and the square are lit up, a laser light show set to holiday music will also be held. Kansas City Live’s Joel Nichols will serve as the event’s emcee.
“The Truman Courthouse is where our community’s past meets its present,” Sanders said, “and where we have a long-standing tradition of kicking off the holiday season in style. This is going to be one of our biggest and best lighting ceremonies ever. We have music, lasers, fire dancers and former Royal’s speedster, Willie Wilson.
“This is going to be a great night for the whole family.”
The Kansas City Lights Jazz Trio will jump-start the ceremony as it begins playing at 4:45 p.m. outside the courthouse. To help keep everyone warm throughout the program fire pits will be put in place, with S’mores being roasted.
While the ceremony is scheduled to conclude with the dramatic lighting of the courthouse and square at 6 o’clock, the evening’s activities will continue with a Kids’ Winter Wonderland until 8 o’clock at the Court House Exchange (113 W. Lexington Ave.) directly across from the south side of the Truman Courthouse. And Willie Wilson isn’t the only celebrity guest making an appearance. Santa Claus will be visiting children from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Pharaoh Cinema will be playing “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 7:30 p.m. Those bringing a new toy donation for Community Services League will receive a free ticket to the movie.
All the event details are on jacksongov.org or follow @JacksonCountyMO and @MikeSandersJCE on Twitter or /JacksonCountyMO on Facebook.