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  • Don't forget the tree lighting and special visit tonight

  • Area residents today get a peek at a once-in-a-lifetime visitor, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.


    The 73-foot spruce, from the White River National Forest in Colorado, is making 30 stops across the country on its way to Washington, D.C. Its only stops in Missouri are in Independence and St. Louis.

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  • Area residents today get a peek at a once-in-a-lifetime visitor, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
    The 73-foot spruce, from the White River National Forest in Colorado, is making 30 stops across the country on its way to Washington, D.C. Its only stops in Missouri are in Independence and St. Louis.
    Festivities for the annual Independence Square Christmas Lighting begin at 3 p.m. Those include a kids winter wonderland, sleigh rides, carolers and a visit by Santa Claus.
    The tree arrives at 4 and will be displayed for about two hours. People can view the tree and sign a holiday card that goes with it to Washington.
    The holiday lighting program starts at 5, with performances by the Sante Fe Elementary School choir and the Ancora Choral Ensemble. At 5:45 p.m., County Executive Mike Sanders will read “Twas the Night before Christmas.” At 6, Sanders and Independence Mayor Don Reimal will flip the switch to light the Truman Courthouse.
    – Jeff Fox
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