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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Who: Mayor Bob Stephens and a few thousand of his closest friends. What: Springfield’s Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Lights Kickoff When: Saturday, Nov. 22 4:30 p.m. - Pre-show sing-along with the Eskimo Girls and children from the Salvation Army 5:30 p.m.: Official ceremony begins 5:45 p.m. (approximate time) Mayor lights the 33-foot Norway spruce tree and additional downtown lights, including a dazzling display throughout Jordan Valley Park, Historic City Hall, MSU’s Kentwood Hall and others. 6:05 p.m. (approximate time) Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and special guest arrive at Jordan Valley Park. 6:10 p.m. First and Second Grade students march in Jingle Bell Parade with Santa over to Hammons Field. 6:30 p.m. (approximate time) Holiday fireworks at Hammons Field. # # # For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org.Download Rognstad portrait.