MURPHSYBORO -- The community of Murphysboro is bringing in the holiday this year with a special event. For the first time, the community will come together for a Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The Murphysboro Hometown Christmas 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Center Park (next to Sallie Logan Library.) will be held Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m.
There will be music, carriage rides, hot cocoa & popcorn! Santa's cottage will be open starting at 7 p.m. for pictures with the children! Arts & crafts will also be available in the youth center building behind Town Center Park for the kids free of charge.
There will be a drop-off for the Key Club Toy/Coat/Food Drive.
Organizers are asking for new or gently used toys and children's coats (not adults), and canned food.