Holiday festivities commence in Jackson and Cape

You've had your fill of turkey and all the fixings, but there's some other holiday traditions you can take some time to enjoy this weekend.

The "Flip the Switch" event for Jackson's Holiday Extravaganza is tonight and the 25th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights in Cape Girardeau is scheduled for Sunday night.

The "Flip the Switch" event in Jackson City Park is from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The Jackson Community Outreach Board promises an even larger light display than last year, thanks to donations from community members and businesses. We applaud those who donate their time and or money to brighten up Jackson around the holidays.

While last year's event had some slight technical difficulties due to rain, the weather is not expected to be a problem and will be held "rain or shine," according to board treasurer Janice Lumsden. Lumsden added, "...we've already had our rain, so we're hoping to have our shine this year."

A "mystery guest" will flip the switch to turn on the light display and there will also be wagon rides, crafts and food. Jackson will also have a "Meet Santa" event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 where children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as take train rides at the city park.

The Parade of Lights begins at 5 p.m. at Capaha Park and proceed down Broadway to Main Street, ending at Hutson's Fine Furniture on Sunday.

There's sure to be plenty of bright and festive floats to check out.

Thanks to everyone, including presenter Old Town Cape, who organize the parade and those who participate.

We hope you'll check out some of these community events as we kick off the holiday season.