Candy Cane Christmas

The city of Bonner Springs has announced details of its annual event to begin the holiday season, A Candy Cane Christmas, on Monday, Dec. 3. The event is organized jointly by Vaughn-Trent Community Services, the Business and Professional Women and the city. This year, activities will include a parade, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, Vaughn-Trent food drive, Feed His Lambs chili supper, holiday carols and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The evening begins with the Vaughn-Trent Community Services Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m. Anyone can participate in the parade by coming to the First Christian Church, 148 N. Nettleton, by 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to decorate floats, vehicles or walkers with lights or glow sticks. The Police Department will escort the Parade that will travel south on Nettleton, then proceed down Oak Street, turn left on Second Street and turn right into Centennial Park for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Vaughn Trent Community Services will collect canned goods and non-perishable items to fill Christmas baskets for those in need. Parade participants and spectators are asked to bring these items to put under the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The parade float with the most donated items will win a trophy, and the best parade entry will receive a ribbon. At the tree-lighting ceremony, the Bonner Springs Elementary School Choir, directed by Rachel Williams, will sing holiday songs. Mayor Clausie Smith, master of ceremonies, will decree Oak Street as Candy Cane Lane through the holiday season. The Mayor’s Youth Council will throw the switch to light the Mayor’s Tree. The parks and recreation department will offer train rides for children in Centennial Park. After the ceremony, events will move to the Community Center Sunflower Room, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children and hand out candy canes and the BSE choir will perform additional holiday songs. Feed His Lambs, a local organization that feeds families in need in the community, will sponsor a chili dinner and will accept donations. From 5 to 8 p.m., they will serve red and white chili, drinks and dessert in the Community Center Sunflower Room. To pre-order chili for $10 per quart, contact Polly Stock at 913-634-6473 or email For information about the parade, contact Jeannine Gallagher at 913-441-4217 or at Organizers remind parade participants that candy cannot be thrown from a float or vehicle but can be handed out by walkers.


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