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The ceremony will include a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as entertainment by the Burnsville High School Freestyle Singers and the Sioux Trail Elementary Choir.
In addition, 360 Communities in Burnsville will be sponsoring a nonperishable food drive, and food shelf donations will be accepted the night of the event.
Free parking is available at the Heart of the City park and ride ramp located one block north of Burnsville Parkway on Pillsbury Avenue and in the Heart of the City Parking Deck located north of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
The holiday lighting will use light-emitting diode (LED) lights – resulting in approximately 90 percent less energy use compared to traditional incandescent lights.
Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine and Carbone’s of Burnsville will provide complimentary hot beverages; Chianti Grill will provide complimentary fresh baked cookies, and Cub Foods will provide candy canes. Glow stick favors will be provided by John and Betty Adamich of Dodge of Burnsville.
The Landing has ‘Folkways of the Holidays’
Three Rivers Park District is offering “Folkways of the Holidays” at The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee each weekend in December before Christmas.
The event will focus on 19th century holiday cultural traditions of the Minnesota River Valley, tracing how the traditions of the past can be found today in decorations, celebrations and foods.
Park-goers may ride horse-drawn trolleys along snowy lanes of candlelit homes, where costumed interpreters will give tours of homes. Live performances, including singing, dancing and harp, are scheduled.
Food will be available for purchase. Dress for the weather.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.