Annual Prairie Village tree lighting ceremony Thursday will have new focal point

Prairie Village’s 27th annual Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday will have a spanking new centerpiece.

As part of the extensive redesign of Corinth Square this year, developers planted a 15 foot Norway pine that is a permanent fixture in the “pocket park” at the center’s southwest corner.

This year’s ceremony, which kicks off at 6 p.m. tomorrow, will feature performances from the SM East choir and dancers from Dancerz Unlimited. (Mayor Ron Shaffer is typically able to get Santa to show up as well…).

Both Corinth Square and the Village Shops merchants will be holding open houses Thursday to coincide with the event, and Salty Iguana and Johnny’s Tavern will donate part of their sales from Thursday to the Tree Fund. Many merchants will have “Tree Fund” donation containers on site. Donations placed in the containers go to help support Prairie Village residents who need utility assistance and home maintenance.