Breakfast with Santa, enjoy the carnival or take a holiday homes tour.

Mayor’s Christmas carnival at Sermon
For more than 50 years, hundreds of Independence families have visited the annual Mayor’s Christmas Carnival, hosted by the Independence Parks and Recreation Department.
The holiday tradition continues this year with Mayor Don Reimal from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence.
“The Mayor’s Christmas Carnival has become a family tradition for three generations in my family,” Helen Matson, the City’s Volunteer Services Coordinator, said. “I attended as a child, and then took my children when they were growing up to the event when it was held at the Truman Memorial Building. Now I take my three grandchildren to the carnival to usher in the holiday season at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center. My grandchildren enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere and I enjoy spending the special time with them.”
Mayor Reimal will be joined by special guests, including Santa and his elves. This free event features carnival games, balloon  creations by Grampa Pokey the Clown, snacks and of course, a personal visit with Old St. Nick.
 


Take a Christmas in the Country tour
The “Christmas in the Country Homes Tour,” presented by the Grain Valley Historical Society, will be held Dec. 5.
The tour features three homes and the Grain Valley Historical Society Museum – Don and Maudie Higgins, 32905 E. Perry Road; Historical Society Building, 506 Main St.; Bret, Nikki, Sydney and Andrea Wiggins, 1002 S.W. Lakeview Drive; and Geral and D.J. Malotte, 32103 E. Ryan Road.
Tickets are $8 in advance and are available by mail from the Grain Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 414, Grain Valley, Mo. 64029, from any society member, and at the Bank of Grain Valley in Grain Valley or the Independence branch at, 14801 E. U.S. 40. Also, the tickets may be purchased for $10 the day of the tour at any of the tour homes or the society building. For more information, call Jan Reding at 816-650-5192.
 


Breakfast with Santa Dec. 5 at Vesper Hall
“Breakfast with Santa” will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 at Vesper Hall, Blue Springs.
After a home-cooked breakfast, youngsters can take turns visiting with Santa, create a simple craft and receive a goodies bag to take home. Be sure and bring your camera. Parents, please bring a small wrapped $2-$5 gift for your child from Santa.
The cost is $8, and the registration deadline is Dec. 2. Call 816-228-0181 to register.
 


Santa has seconds at Independence Center
Independence Center is hosting the Simon Kidgits Club “Breakfast with Santa” from 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Little Tokyo area in the Food Court.
Attendees will enjoy a delicious breakfast, as well as festive crafts, holly jolly entertainment by Radio Disney and other family-friendly holiday activities.
The cost is free to Kidgits members; non-members can join and receive a year-long membership for just $5.