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Lighting ceremony kicks off holiday season


LIVINGSTON -- The holiday season will officially kick off in Livingston on Tuesday, Nov. 21, with the official Livingston Lighting Ceremony starting at 6 p.m. at city hall. Local residents and guests are invited to celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays as downtown is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights. There will be refreshments and entertainment. Kids can come out to meet Rudolph, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. Parents will want to bring cameras to take pictures. Christmas in the Park begins the same night in Pedigo Park and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 31. The public is invited to experience the wonder of Christmas by taking a drive through the scenes and enjoy the holiday figures and thousands of Christmas lights on display. Once again this year, the Christmas Train Village will be presented by the Polk County Heritage Society at 406 North Washington. It will be open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 24- 25 and Dec. 1-2 and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting Dec. 7 and continuing through Dec. 30. Hours of operation will be from 5-7 p.m. with the exception of Saturday, Dec., during the Livingston Hometown Christmas celebration. On that day, the train village display will be open from 2-6 p.m. and again from 7-8 p.m. following the annual lighted parade. Also returning as a local holiday highlight will be A Walk Through Bethlehem and hayride on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-3 at Pedigo Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presented by the First Baptist Church of Livingston, the Walk Through Bethlehem features a realistic depiction of what the small, Judean town may have looked like 2,000 years ago at the time of the birth of Jesus. The hayride portion of the event is sponsored by the City of Livingston and allows visitors to take an old-fashioned hayride while viewing the holiday figures and lights on display throughout Pedigo Park. Santa will be at Miss Effie's Cottage Friday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at 201 West Mill. Parents are invited to bring the children to see Santa and tour the historical home decorated for Christmas. There will be refreshments and free photos. The Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk takes place Dec. 9. Those interested may register now through Dec. 9 at the Trade Days office in Pedigo Park. The race begins at noon at Livingston City Hall and the first 150 registered participants receive t-shirts and bells. On Dec. 9, at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., the Livingston Municipal Library at 707 North Tyler Avenue will present Christmas Songs and Story Telling. Musician and story teller Kim Leham will present a program suitable for all ages filled with stories, songs, puppets and participation. Also on Dec. 9, the Livingston Hometown Christmas celebration will be held from noon to 8 p.m. along Jackson Street (north of Church Street) and along portions of Calhoun and Polk streets between Jackson and the railroad tracks. It kicks off at noon with the Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk at Livingston City Hall. At 1 p.m. the food court will open along with over 100 arts, crafts and gift vendors. From 2:30-8:30 p.m. there will be carriage and wagon rides, at 6 p.m. the lighted Christmas parade will begin and at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive at city hall to visit with children.


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