by Mayor Tammy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year - I love Christmas!

Meridian is aglow with twinkling lights, and I hear the big bearded guy is headed to town! We have a packed schedule for the holiday season and don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun. Our festivities will kick off this week. Save this coming Friday for an evening with us -  it will be a magical night that you won’t want to miss. 

We will kick off the Friday event with “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” on the outdoor movie screen at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Then throw on an ugly sweater and running shoes – the Candy Cane Fun Run starts at 6:25pm.  Following the movie and fun run, we invite you to enjoy our  7th annual Winter Lights Parade. Find a spot on Main Street to enjoy a parade with 50 local organizations that are ready to light up our Main Street. I am honored to be the Grand Marshal, and am getting my parade wave ready. Give me a wave and shout out as I ride by in the horse drawn carriage. After the parade, head on over to Generations Plaza for the tree lighting. The tree was an amazing gift from a local family. The Ross family donated the beautiful (and huge) Blue Spruce. The Jolliest man of all will join me for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. I’ll definitely need his help to get all 59,250 lights on!  Enjoy hot cocoa at a downtown business, take a carriage ride, and look up in the sky (no, that’s not Santa) it’s fireworks! 

Do your little ones take the time to write a letter to Santa each year? This was a family tradition at our house while the kids were young. Residents can deliver their letters to Santa’s mailbox in the City Hall plaza until December 13th. As long as Santa knows where they came from (legible name & return address), kiddos will even get a reply from the North Pole! Now, I know kids aren’t the only ones with wish lists! You can find all sorts of goodies on your list at this year’s Twilight Christmas Market. The event runs from Noon to 7pm at Meridian City Hall on December 11th. It’s so fun to see all of the amazing creativity of local vendors and I always love to shop local.

Be sure to take your kids to the Children’s Winterland Festival at the Meridian Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium on Saturday, December 14th. Stop by between 10am and 3pm for pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, toy building, games, and more holiday fun. 

I can’t wait to take a stroll in Downtown Meridian this holiday season. There’s just something so magical about Christmas. I hear that the downtown businesses are going all out to spread holiday cheer. In fact, you’ll even be able to vote on your favorite downtown decorations this year. Stay tuned for more information!

I hope you enjoy all that Meridian has to offer this month and I have to give a big shout out to our Parks and Recreation Department for all of their hard work. As if our lives aren’t crazy enough this time of year, they are working hard to make sure the season is extra special for all of us. 

Visit meridiancity.org/christmas for information on all things Christmas happening in Meridian! 

-Mayor Tammy

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