With Christmas about three weeks away, Osage County communities are in full celebration, with events planned to fill this weekend, Dec. 3-4, 2016.
At Lyndon on Saturday, Dec. 3, annual arrival-of-winter festivities include a downtown parade beginning at 10 a.m. To the delight of kids of all ages, Santa Claus is the traditional parade marshal of Lyndon’s Winterfest parade.
The parade route ends at Lyndon High School, where Santa will listen to Christmas wish lists and have photos taken from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Also at the school will be the Christmas craft show, featuring talents and products of numerous crafters and vendors. The craft show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Arctic Blast 5K and Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Lyndon High School. Proceeds will benefit the Lyndon Culture and Arts Club, which is raising funds for students to travel to Europe in 2018. Register before the race starts or call Pam Moore for more information at 785-817-6692.
Annual Overbrook Community Christmas Program
In the evening, the Overbrook community will have its annual Christmas program, at the Overbrook Public Library Community Room. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, this year’s program promises fun, family entertainment for young and old.
Scheduled for the program: A performance by Holy Steps Daycare; a Christmas skit, God’s Gift to Us, by Overbrook’s Small Town Drama Club; and a Christmas story by professional storyteller Shelly Simoneau.
In addition, a $200 cash award will presented to the winner of Overbrook Park and Recreation’s “Fall into Fitness” weight loss challenge, 13-week event ending Dec 3.
And of course, what Christmas celebration would be complete without Santa and Mrs. Claus there. Outside the library will be horse-drawn Christmas wagon rides and an animated Christmas light display. Refreshments will be served by Friends of the Overbrook Library, with donations supporting the library.
Burlingame Country Christmas
At Burlingame on Saturday, Dec. 3, the chamber of commerce and community will host the 27th annual Burlingame Country Christmas.
Activities for all ages include kids’ crafts at 10 a.m.; Santa Claus arrives from the North Pole at noon and will pose for photos and greet kids. A vendor fair opens at 11 a.m., along with a silent auction of baskets.
Also scheduled: A Christmas village display of small buildings, live music 2-5 p.m., and the parade of lights on Santa Fe Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. (lineup begins at 5 p.m.) All activities are centered in downtown Burlingame.
Osage City Presbyterians’ Festival of Sweets
Osage City Presbyterian Church will host its annual Festival of Sweets, 9 a.m.-1 p.m Saturday, Dec. 3, offering candy and cookies sold by the pound as a fundraiser. Coffee and the famous church lady-made rolls will be served 9-11 a.m.; and lunch of soup or chili will be on sale 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be a quilt raffle and more.
Christmas in Carbondale
On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Carbondale community will begin its celebration of the holidays, Christmas in Carbondale, which will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, lunch, a library open house and more will be featured downtown. Also on hand, with hope he won’t be tired out from all of his activities the day before, will be Santa Claus.