Thereís a Christmas Eve celebration this afternoon and evening at the Independence Events Center.

Itís from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the centerís main arena. Itís free.

Organizers say there will be music, caroling and whatís billed as an unusual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Also, thereís a 30-minute exhibition soccer game to commemorate the Christmas Day truce in World War I, during which soliders on opposing sides played soccer.

Ė Examiner staff