ST. JOHN | When Santa comes to town this holiday season, he will have a newly renovated pavilion to greet youngsters and their families.
The St. John Town Council recently approved spending an additional $10,000 to buy more decorations and lights and to redo the inside of the Prairie West Park pavilion, where the Christmas in the Park Festival of the Lights will begin the day after Thanksgiving.
This brings the budget for the Festival of the Lights to $17,500, an amount paid from the town’s Haunted House fund, said Michael Forbes, town council president.
“We have stretched the improvements to the pavilion and the festival over several years,” he said.
Festivities at the park, two blocks west of U.S. 41 on 93rd Avenue, will begin with a tree-lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 29. Visitors can stroll the paths and view the trees decorated by local merchants, clubs, churches and schools.
Surrounded by lighted figures, Santa will be in the pavilion from 4 to 7 p.m. that day and for three Saturdays through Dec. 21, Forbes said.
“This is always a popular event for residents and visitors,” he said.