Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Old Town Cape’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held on Friday evening, November 25.

There was a great turnout, with families coming to watch the 30-foot-tall tree brighten the surrounding area.

During the event, Fountain Street between Broadway and Themis was closed to vehicle traffic but open to foot traffic starting at 2 p.m.

Event attendees gathered at the corner of Broadway and Fountain from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to sing Christmas carols, enjoy warm beverages and treats and watch Santa Claus light the tree.

Organizers had the ensemble and carolers sang at 5:45 p.m., as they welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrived at 6:10 p.m.

“When we brought the Old Town Cape Christmas Tree to downtown Cape four years ago, we hoped that it would become another attraction to bring people and families together for the Christmas season,” Teresa Maurer, Old Town Cape volunteer, said in a release. “YOU have made our dream a reality. We often wonder how many engagements, family pictures for Christmas cards, and yes – even weddings – our tree has witnessed! People have told us over the last four years that attending the tree lighting is becoming part of their holiday traditions. We invite you to join us this year to usher in “Christmas in Old Town Cape” with the tree lighting…and to continue making or begin making your memories around the tree!”

The 30-foot-tall Christmas tree is located in the Vasterling Suites Courtyard and will remain lit until the beginning of the new year.

The tree lighting ceremony is the first of many holiday events in Cape Girardeau. The 30th Annual Parade of Lights will be Sunday, Nov. 27, the Downtown Holiday Open House will be Friday, December 2 and the Holiday Bazaar is set for Saturday, December 3.

Amber Ruch

Amber has worked at KFVS for eight years.