Santa Claus is coming to town at 6 p.m. Nov. 30, at Armstrong Park in Grain Valley. He and Mrs. Claus will accept visitors in Santa’s house after Mayor Mike Todd and friends flip the switch to illuminate the Mayor’s Christmas tree, as well as, the other lights around the park. This year there will be also be lights on the buildings of Main Street and City Hall. Jackson County Executive, Frank White, will make a special appearance.

The annual Holiday Festival is a free community event and will include fun for the whole family, including pictures with Santa, a holiday movie on the giant outdoor screen, cookies and hot chocolate, Christmas caroling by Grain Valley School District’s 5th grade honors choir and a “warming tent” where visitors can take some great photos. Other holiday friends such as, Frosty, Rudolph and the Conductor from Polar Express will be at the event to say hello and pose for pictures!

There will be a big reveal of the winners of the city's inaugural Snowplow Decorating Contest, in which Grain Valley High School art students submitted sketches of designs to city staff. Two were selected to be painted on the blades of snow plows that will be utilized by the Public Works Department this winter.

You're also invited to visit the Grain Valley Assistance Council’s Angel Tree and select an ornament which will contain a gift request for a child or whole family that you can “adopt” for the holidays.