Jefferson City mayor lights city Christmas tree

3 years 1 week 4 days ago Thursday, December 04 2014 Dec 4, 2014 Thursday, December 04, 2014 7:41:00 PM CST December 04, 2014 in News
By: Ross Terrell, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

 

JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City hosted its ninth annual Mayor's Christmas Tree lighting. After being voted the most beautiful small town in a Rand McNally Best of the Road survey, this year's tree lighting theme was "most beautiful Christmas". The show featured performances by ShowMe Brass Band, Helias Catholic High School choir, and Capitol City Cheer.

During the show, the mayor of Jefferson City, Eric Struemph, thanked the crowd and also shed light on a challenge he has with Columbia's mayor. He said he challenged Bob McDavid to see who can raise the most money for their respective food banks. If Jefferson City wins, they get Shakespeare's and if Columbia wins, they get Central Dairy.

The show culminated with the lighting of the tree as Mr. and Mrs. Claus looked on from their sleigh.

The ShowMe Brass band performs at the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. This was the ninth annual lighting. (KOMU/Ross Terrell)

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department had a sleigh at the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The sleigh collected toys and food and gave parents and kids a place to take pictures with Santa Claus. (KOMU/Ross Terrell)



The Mayor's Christmas Tree was decorated following the "most beautiful Christmas" theme on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Jefferson City, Missouri. This theme was chosen after Jefferson City was voted the most beautiful small town. (KOMU/Ross Terrell)

Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph addressed the crowd at his tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Jefferson City, Missouri. He thanked all the volunteers and departments who contributed to this event. (KOMU/Ross Terrell)

The Mayor's Christmas Tree was lit on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Jefferson City Missouri. Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph and his wife, Darla, lit the tree. (KOMU/Ross Terrell)

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