Santa’s helpers pose while working in Santa’s Workshop in Cornerstone Park. Santa will visit the sattelite workshop in Gardner during the annual Christmas in the Park celebration on Dec. 1. File photo

Santa’s helpers pose while working in Santa’s Workshop in Cornerstone Park. Santa will visit the sattelite workshop in Gardner during the annual Christmas in the Park celebration on Dec. 1. File photo

Danedri Thompson
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Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill are about to be dressed for the holidays. All three cities will light Christmas trees and enjoy visits from Santa next week.

Gardner’s Christmas
in the Park, Dec. 1
For the 24th year, Santa will make a special trip to Gardner’s Cornerstone Park to help kick-off the Christmas season and to visit his satellite workshop, conveniently located in the park.
“It’s going to be fun and great,” Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow said.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. as carolers from Gardner-Edgerton School District elementary schools lead carols at Cornerstone Park.
“My favorite part is listening to the kids sing carols so enthusiastically whether it’s nice out or cold or wet or snowing,” Morrow said.
The Mayor will offer a few words before introducing Cooper McGuire and Katie Zahner. Last spring, McGuire, high school senior, raised and donated almost $1,800 to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund through Gardner Edgerton High School’s Performing with a Purpose.
Zahner is a GEHS graduate who now teaches in the district. She serves as the faculty sponsor for Mr. GEHS, a pageant that also raises funds and donates thousands to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund each year.
The culmination of the festivities will be Santa’s arrival. Santa will stay for the evening taking requests at his workshop.

Edgerton Christmas
Tree Lighting, Dec. 5
The city of Edgerton will light its Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. The tree is a live tree in the green space west of the Edgerton Bank of Knowledge, or library.
Edgerton Elementary students will sing carols, and treats and hot chocolate will be available for guests. The lighting is scheduled to occur outside, but the festivities will be moved inside to city hall if the weather is bad.
Mayor Don Roberts will select one lucky audience member to flip on the lights. Santa is set to arrive at city hall at 7 p.m.
Everyone who visits will receive a raffle ticket for a variety of gifts courtesy of the Edgerton Frontier Days Committee.
Janiece Rawles, city clerk, said city staff doesn’t know what the raffle gifts will be. They’re wrapped.
“It’s Christmas,” she said. “It’s a surprise.”

Spring Hill Hometown Holidays, Dec. 6
For the second year in a row, Spring Hill’s Hometown Holidays will take place in old downtown rather than at the Spring Hill Civic Center.
The move allows downtown businesses to decorate and promote holiday specials. Parking is limited downtown, so guests have the opportunity to take a free bus from Spring Hill Middle School to the event.
Festivities kick-off at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the tree, located at the police station at 418 E. Nichols Street. Mayor Steven Ellis will offer remarks and Spring Hill Citizen of the Year, Sharon Meek, will flip the switch lighting downtown and the tree.
Throughout the event, carolers from Madison Avenue Performing Arts will stroll the streets setting the musical tone for the festivities.
Organizers anticipate that Santa will arrive via fire truck at approximately 6:15 p.m. after the lighting. He will take requests and a pose for pictures by a professional photographer at 107 Main Street.
Guests are also invited to several events throughout the evening. At the police station, officers will offer hot chocolate and assist parents in creating an Ident-a-Kid Kit. The kits assist law enforcement in the event a child goes missing.
At the Spring Hill Multi-Service Center, Parents as Teachers will help children make reindeer snacks for Santa’s transporters. Other events include a cookie walk, a station for crafting reindeer clothespin magnets and a martial arts demonstration.