A celebratory mood surrounds lighting of Corinth Square tree, with event proceeds benefitting PV families in need

Youngsters explored the tree decorations after the lighting ceremony.
Youngsters explored the tree decorations after the lighting ceremony.

Back for its 31st year, the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony in Prairie Village on Thursday drew hundreds to Corinth Square to ring in the Christmas season.

Mayor Laura Wassmer was joined by Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf and Santa himself to flip the switch on the tree, adorned with bright lights and gold and red bulbs. The crowd also got to enjoy the dancing of young performers from Dancerz Unlimited and the Shawnee Mission East drum line.

Donations accepted during the evening go to the Prairie Village Foundation’s Mayor’s Holiday Tree Fund, which provides assistance to residents who are having difficulty with home maintenance costs, utility bills and other needs.

You can still make a donation to the fund throughout the holiday season. Find more information on the foundation’s website here.

KC Wolf and Mayor Laura Wassmer greeted each other on stage.
KC Wolf and Mayor Laura Wassmer greeted each other on stage.
Dancerz Unlimited students put on a toy soldiers number.
Dancerz Unlimited students put on a toy soldiers number.
SM East's drumline kept the crowd enthused ahead of the flipping of the switch.
SM East’s drumline kept the crowd enthused ahead of the flipping of the switch.
After helping light the tree, Santa fielded gift requests.
After helping light the tree, Santa fielded gift requests.
The Corinth merchants help open houses showing off their Christmas decorations, like Mely's intricate ginger bread houses.
The Corinth merchants help open houses showing off their Christmas decorations, like Mely’s intricate ginger bread houses.