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Santa coming to South Side to light up East Carson Street


November 16, 2004

South Side will light up East Carson Street for the Holiday Season on November 18 when the South Side Chamber of Commerce “throws the switch” illuminating the snowflake lights lining the business district.

The lighting ceremony is just part of a day of festivities planned around the official opening of the chamber's new offices at 1910 East Carson Street, second floor. State Representative Harry Readshaw will be on hand to cut the ribbon to open the office.

The festivities continue when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by horse and carriage at 5 p.m. at the parking lot in the 1900 block of East Carson Street where they will hand out gift bags to those gathered. Keeping in the spirit of the day, Starbuck's Mercury Man will provide free coffee and hot chocolate from 5 to 6 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. the Phillips Elementary Choral Group will warm up the crowd in anticipation of the Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Carolers from the Veronica's Veil Players will stroll along East Carson Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m. getting everyone in the holiday spirit with traditional songs.

After Santa arrives, shoppers will have the chance to take a horse and carriage ride in South Side for a $5 donation benefiting Brashear Association's annual toy drive.

The festivities will continue at 27th and Sidney streets in the South Side Works where from 6 to 8 p.m. seasonal music will be provided by Dickins Carolers. Santa is expected to make his appearance at the Works brought by the horse and carriage in time for the lighting of the Lights of Love Memorial Tree at 7 p.m.

Revelers at the South Side Works will then have an opportunity to go for their own carriage rides until 9 p.m.

Lighting of the Lights of Love Memorial Tree benefits SIDS “Cribs for Kids” Campaign.

Sponsors of Light Up Night on the South Side are the South Side Chamber of Commerce and National City Bank.


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