The holidays are quickly approaching, and Gardner has several events planned for the season. Four wintertime events return in 2016, with something available for everyone to celebrate this year’s holiday season.
The events, scheduled throughout late November and early December, are as follows:
Christmas in the Park/Mayor’s Tree Lighting (Monday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.): The 26th annual Christmas in the Park event will mark the beginning of the holiday season with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and other festivities. In addition to Mayor Chris Morrow reading a message and a lucky individual getting to join him in turning on the park’s light display, the all-ages event will also feature the arrival of Santa and seasonal music performed by area students. The event will be held at Cornerstone Park, 215 N. Center St.
Santa’s Workshop (Monday, Nov. 28, immediately following the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, and Monday, Dec. 12, 6-7:30 p.m.): At this all-ages family event, parents can bring the children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and share their Christmas wishes. The event will be held at Cornerstone Park, 215 N. Center St.
Breakfast at the North Pole (Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m.): This event, open to all ages, gives families the chance to enjoy a pancake breakfast at the North Pole. Kids will have the opportunity to make crafts and get their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus for purchase. Tickets will be pre-sold for $5 at City Hall until December 9 at 5 p.m. and will also be available at the door day-of the event for $6 (children under the age of one are free). The event will be held at the Green Building at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E. Washington St.
Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt (Monday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m.): Hundreds of candy canes will be hidden in Cornerstone Park (215 N. Center St.) for attendees to find using their flashlights. Prizes will be given to those who find the “lucky canes.” The event costs $3 and is open to children ages 2-10.
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