Christmas Kickoff is a great family friendly event for residents and visitors alike. You never know who you’ll run into. (Citizen file)

Get ready, Christmas kicks off in Duncan Friday

Public works crews have been feverishly working to decorate the downtown core

It’s getting to be late November and you know what that means: Christmas!

With the ever-popular Christmas Chaos and Duncan Fire Hall craft fairs having come and gone, next up on the agenda is Duncan’s Christmas Kickoff, this year downtown on Nov. 24. Public works crews have been feverishly working to decorate the downtown core in preparation for Friday’s big event.

Several traditions can be counted on during the annual light-up festivities: Santa will arrive to light the tree atop City Hall, this year by way of a vintage fire truck. He’ll take a seat and hear the wishes of as many children as possible while chestnuts roast nearby to the sounds of the Smiley Family Band on stage in City Square.

The fun begins around 5:30 p.m. and will end after the 20-minute fireworks show, which is slated to begin at 8 p.m. Not sure what to do between Santa’s arrival and the fireworks? The City’s streets will be closed and shops will be open. Two horse-drawn wagons will be available for carol rides. Local choirs, bands and dancers will be performing on the community stage as well.

While the community atmosphere is always warm and inviting, Kickoff night can quite often be cold and/or wet so be sure to check the weather forecast, ponder an umbrella and bundle up if it’s chilly because you won’t want weather to get in the way of a good time.

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