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Carlinville begins Christmas Season with Tree Lighting Ceremony and Visit from Santa

Little Miss Carlinville Averi Behme and Junior Miss Carlinville Claire Vinyard lead the countdown from 10 to light the tree and decorations all around the Carlinville Square. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Erin Sanson.


Enquirer~Democrat Reporter

Carlinville officially turned on its holiday lights during a tree lighting ceremony held Nov. 21 at the Carlinville Square. Kids from Children’s Garden sang a selection of Christmas Songs, including “Jingle Bells,” a song where they provided their own jingle bell sound effects. Dustin White lead the group through the music on his guitar.

The lights were turned on after a countdown from 10 by Junior Miss Carlinville Claire Vinyard and Little Miss Carlinville Averi Behme. Those at the Square for the lighting ceremony were then surprised afterwards by a special visit from Santa at his house on the Square. Santa came into town via a Fire Department Escort around the Square and heard the Christmas wishes of many children before he had to return to the North Pole. Those who missed Santa will get more chances throughout the holiday season as he will return to his Carlinville House during the Christmas in Carlinville event. Santa will be home on Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Kids and their parents, grandparents and other family members lined the Square on Tuesday, Nov. 21 to get their chance to see Santa up close and personal and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Kids asked for popular toys and games as well as some wishing for more practical items. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Erin Sanson.