Independence Kicks Off Christmas Season

The community of Independence kicked off the holiday season in full force on Friday night with the annual Christmas tree lighting, window walk, Santa and Frosty and Christmas shopping. The community Christmas tree, located at the downtown square of 1st Street and Highway 150, was lit with the help of Mayor Pro Tem Bob Hill, along with many observers and members of the Independence High School band. Immediately following, participants were invited to travel the streets of downtown and beyond to view over 15 creative window decorations and live displays offered by several Independence businesses. Viewers were encouraged to view all windows and vote on their favorites while enjoying hot chocolate, cookies, and s’mores. Various window themes included Frozen, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and more. People’s Choice was awarded to Plush Salon for the second year in a row, as they had a live display of the Disney movie, “Frozen”, and the Secret Santa’s vote was awarded to Eschen’s Clothing for their live display of “Santa’s Little Helpers.” The community of Independence continued the holiday celebration on Saturday, as Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town, stopping into downtown business locations, wishing many children and families a wonderful Christmas, while offering photo opportunities, and a chance for children to disclose their Christmas lists to Santa before his big night. (Photos courtesy of Independence Chamber)