Holiday Season Spirit in Columbia

1 decade 9 months 3 weeks ago December 03, 2005 Dec 3, 2005 Saturday, December 03 2005 Saturday, December 03, 2005 7:50:34 AM CST in News

The holiday festival had people visiting downtown Columbia Friday night. Living window displays are magical for children and fun for teenagers and adults.

"It's fun looking at the window displays, I'm out with a couple of friends," said MU student Kristine Wilke.

Others had fun as participants. Christine Deis is one of the students from Stevens College who participated in an out of the ordinary window display at Dreamcatcher.

"We wanted to pull a service that Dreamcatcher offers which is tattooing and put it into our window, so we have an elf getting a tattoo on their arm, and then to kinda bring that out to the people on the street we're giving out these little rub on tattoos to the little kids as they walk by," said Deis.

Through the cold night, volunteers kept going.

"I have about three or four layers on, but we go inside and warm up a little bit then come back out," said Deis.

Many were willing to brave the cold as was evident by the traffic on sidewalks and in the streets. The traffic was non-stop causing cars to nearly come to a stand-still in the road at times.

Through the business of the night, Deis hoped the holiday festival brings people together.

"Just build awareness for downtown Columbia,"said Deis.

People were able to wear popcorn and cranberry necklaces and watch a tree lighting ceremony.

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