CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Old Town Cape, Inc. kicked off the holiday season in Downtown Cape Girardeau with their second annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Friday, November 27.
Spectators watched Santa and Mrs. Claus light Old Town Cape, Inc.’s 30-foot Christmas tree that will be housed in the Vasterling Suites Courtyard for the duration of the Christmas in Downtown season, as well as enjoy live music from the Jerry Ford Ensemble and Christmas caroling.
Music began at 5:30 p.m., and Santa lit the Christmas tree at 6:20 p.m.
Spectators wishing to watch the tree lighting in person were asked to wear a face covering and respect social distancing guidelines.
“As a lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau, I have always anticipated and been wowed by the outdoor Christmas decorations in Downtown Cape,” said Old Town Cape volunteer Teresa Maurer. “When the Clements family offered the Vasterling Suites courtyard for a large community Christmas tree, we knew we had the perfect setting for our vision. With this offer, a dream of many of us involved with decking our historic downtown area for the Christmas holidays – both formerly and presently – became a reality. We were overwhelmed with the public response to the tree last year and are honored to bring something to the community which will draw us together. So, drive by, take pictures, and most importantly, make memories around the tree.”
A section of Fountain Street was closed to vehicle traffic, but open to foot traffic, starting at the intersection of Broadway and Fountain Streets to the intersection of Fountain and Themis Streets beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday for safe event standing room.