Kearney allows park tree decorating starting Nov. 15

A cluster of trees along Jesse James Park’s walking trail in Kearney are alight for the holidays thanks to businesses and individuals in the city who decorated dozens of trees ahead of a previous year's Mayor’s Tree Walk. This year, those wishing to decorate a tree can pick one of their choosing without applying to City Hall. Decorating can begin Friday, Nov. 15.

KEARNEY — In honor of the Christmas season, Kearney Parks and Recreation will once again allow businesses and individuals to decorate trees along the walking trail in Jesse James Park starting Friday, Nov. 15. The park is located north of downtown off Missouri Highway 33.

To participate, people can pick out a tree and decorate it for the Christmas holiday using ornaments and lights of their choosing. Unlike in previous years, an application to participate is not required to be submitted to Kearney City Hall.

Power to the lights will be turned on by the city Saturday, Nov. 30. Decorations must be taken down by Jan. 13 or risk being discarded.

The lighting of the trees along the trail was once part of a holiday tradition in Kearney, the Mayor's Christmas Tree Walk, that included visits from Santa, performances from school bands and choirs and prizes awarded for a chamber of commerce coloring contest before the mayor and groups of attendees walked the path to see the lights after they were turned on.

However, in recent years, the city has combined its holiday celebration efforts with the Kearney Enrichment Council and Firehouse Community Center during the Magical Night: A Downtown Kearney Christmas event at the Firehouse, 106 S. Jefferson St.

For more details on tree decorating, call Ryan Marcotte at 903-4730.

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