GETTING READY – Volunteers worked this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, to put up Christmas decorations in downtown Pana in preparation for the city welcoming the holiday season.
They battled high winds both days and on Sunday, the rain as well.
Josh Ishmael, right, is at the controls of the lift while Tracey Kimbrel, left and Nathan Morrell, center, attach the lights.
(Tom Latonis Photo)
The Christmas season officially gets underway on Saturday, Nov. 29, in Pana with a number of activities, including the Pana Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.
The Christmas season – and the jolly ole elf himself, Santa Claus – comes to Pana on Saturday, Nov. 29. A number of activities are planned.
Saturday is also known as “Small Business Saturday,” so it will be a great opportunity for shoppers to visit stores and businesses in Pana and support local business.
The day starts with a breakfast with Santa in the Pana American Legion Hall from 9:00-11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
A little later in the day, a free movie, sponsored by the Pana Chamber of Commerce, will be shown at the Roseland Theater in downtown Pana. “Arthur Christmas” is the film and it will be shown at 3:30 p.m.
Santa Claus will be making his official grand entrance to Pana at 5:15 p.m. with the Pana Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.
The Parade will assemble at the corner of First and Locust Streets at 4:30 p.m. The route will follow Locust Street south and end at Santa’s house located in Peoples Community Park at the intersection of Locust and Third. Santa will be available for taking Christmas request, following the Parade.
Santa will be assisted by the Pana Lions Club.
The Pana Chamber of Commerce will hold an outdoor Christmas Light Display Contest this year.
Residents should submit their name, address and telephone number to the Chamber Office. Prizes will be awarded in Pana Chamber gift certificates. Entrants must live within the city limits of Pana.
Addresses will be listed in the Pana News-Palladium beginning the week after Thanksgiving and continuing until the winner is announced in the Monday, Dec. 22, issue.
For more information about any of these events, contact the Pana Chamber at 562-4240.
Members of the Christmas Committee of Pana Pride are working with downtown merchants, encouraging them to decorate their store fronts for the holidays.
Chairman Rosemary Horsthemke says quite a few businesses are going to decorate and she encourages others to do the same.
The committee will also be working to promote the Christmas season in Pana.
Another meeting of the committee, as well as the full membership of the Pana Pride organization, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Hickory Estate’s dining room.