Holiday Season Begins With Christmas Tree Walk
Santa, carolers and a Christmas tree lighting will highlight this year's Christmas Tree Walk in downtown Maplewood. Here's a list of what's happening.
Downtown Maplewood will kick off the holiday season with its ninth annual Christmas Tree Walk tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Several hundred people typically attend the event, said Jeannine Beck, executive director of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce. The event, sponsored by the chamber, will feature a variety of community-based events. Here's a sampling of what's going on:
- The grand tree lighting ceremony at Citizen's National Bank Park begins at 6 p.m. After the tree lighting, U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan (D) will say a few words about shopping locally.
- Santa will arrive on a fire truck during the ceremony. After Santa makes his entrance, he'll stay at the bank for visits and photos.
- There will be free carriage rides, beginning at the park, to enjoy the view of Manchester Avenue and Sutton Boulevard. Maplewood Richmond Heights High School students will sing carols in period costume, and will be selling roasted chestnuts.
- The Maplewood shops have decorated their windows for the season, and an award will be given to the store with the best holiday window.
Several businesses will host open houses that feature free beverages, snacks and gifts. A free shuttle will loop throughout the event.