WEST PLAINS, Mo. West Plains is officially ready for Christmas.
City workers put their first touches around town on November 23, when they hung wreaths and lights from light poles in downtown West Plains. But that was only the beginning.
This year, West Plains will light its Christmas tree on December 2nd at the northwest courthouse lawn on the Historic Court Square. The lighting will begin at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will make an appearance during the event. The evening will feature Christmas choirs and Christmas sing-a-longs. Staff from the Avenue Theater will also perform a Christmas skit.
If you would like a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus, they will be available after the Christmas skit at a photo booth on the square around 6:30, and will stay for about 30 minutes. Anyone who misses their opportunity for the photo-op can find Santa and Mrs. Claus a little later at Carl Colasanti's photography studio on the southeast corner of the square. Photos at Colasanti's will be free until 9 p.m.
The entrance to the square off Washington Avenue will be closed to traffic at 5 p.m. The square will stay open at the West Main, Aid Avenue, and the East Main entrances. Drivers are urged to use caution around the square that evening, to watch for visitors and pedestrians.
On December 4th at 2pm, the Ozark Festival Choir will perform its annual Christmas concert at the First United Methodist Church on West Main in West Plains. The choir will be under the direction of David Hall, with featured pianist Terrie Pearsall.
The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will hold its last prequalification for the holiday season from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7 at the West Plains Public Library Community Room at 750 West Broadway. The Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield recently announced that it will end the mobile food pantry distribution in West Plains after the end of the year. Services will then be directed to emergency needs only.
Children can drop off their letters to Santa at the Letters to Santa mail box on the Howell County Courthouse lawn on the square in West Plains. Letters from daycares, schools, and churches are also welcome. The letter deadline is December 9th. The letters will be printed in a special edition of The Quill on December 20th.