For Immediate Release
Festival of Lights Kick-off November 21
Twinkling lights atop a 30-foot tree in Jordan Valley Park and fireworks at nearby Hammons Field will light up the evening sky during the kick-off ceremony for the Festival of Lights this Saturday, Nov. 21.
The Festival of Lights is a six-week celebration featuring a number of no- or low-cost activities for people to enjoy during the holiday season along with a variety of music and theater performances in the spirit of the season.
Saturday’s kick-off events are open to the public at Mediacom Ice Park, Jordan Valley Park and culminating with the Cardinals Christmas and Fireworks at Hammons Field that evening. Saturday’s schedule is:
- 4-5 p.m.: Kids registration at the park. Kids in Springfield Public Schools first- and second-grade classes can register to help their class win prizes donated by local businesses. The schools and classes with the highest percentage of participation can win tickets to Springfield Cardinals games, Mediacom Ice Park skating parties, Hollywood Theaters movie tickets and Missouri State University hockey games.
- 5:15 p.m.: Mayor’s Tree-Lighting Ceremony at the plaza just east of Mediacom Ice Park. Mayor Jim O’Neal will light an evergreen tree with Grace Prewitt, a member of the Miss Merrie Christmas 2008 court. Star 105.1 FM announcers Chris Cannon and Summer Stevens will emcee the ceremony.
- Immediately following the ceremony, the Kids Parade will lead the crowd to Hammons Field where the Springfield Cardinals will open the holiday season with Santa Claus’ arrival from the kick-off events, music, free hot chocolate, shopping at the Team Store and a fireworks display. Admission is free. Call 864-1010 for more information.
- 7-8 p.m.: Free ice skating at the Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway. Admission is free. Skate rentals at $2.50. Call 866-7444 for more information.
For more information on all of the Festival of Lights events, visit: www.itsalldowntown.com. The Festival of Lights is presented by the Jordan Valley Marketing Council. The Marketing Council appreciates the support of the Festival of Lights title sponsor, Midwest Family Broadcasting, featuring Star 105.1 FM’s all-Christmas music. Other sponsors include the Springfield Cardinals and the Urban Districts Alliance.
For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, Special Projects Coordinator, 864-1119; Bill Fischer, Vice President of Facility Operations for the Springfield Cardinals, 863-0395; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.