Last night we had our Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting festival here in Cicero. The weather all day was not the best, and the Kiwanis Santa Parade usually held in the afternoon was canceled. We had also planned for a Lighted Tractor Parade, but weather concerns by many of the participants caused us to cancel that as well. Conditions did improve late in the afternoon.
Nonetheless, many of us gathered on Jackson Street last evening to enjoy activities like face painting, cookie decorating, games, food trucks and booths, and a beer and wine garden. We were also lucky to have Santa and Mrs. Claus in our Santa House for hours, meeting with all of the youngsters who stand patiently in line to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. It is also a chance to meet people that are new to our community, and welcome them. And we also lit the Christmas Tree, which this year became a live tree, and a permanent fixture in our small park on Jackson Street. Good times!
This event was conceived of and organized by Our Town Cicero, an Indiana Main Street Organization. The members of the board of this organization have done a great job of bringing numerous events like this to Cicero over the last 3 years, and we are lucky to have this group of hard working volunteers. There are also countless other folks who pitch in to help the board with these events.
Thank you Cicero! Definitely one of the top 10 places to live in the entire universe!