Festival of Lights Kicks off Christmas in Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW—City sidewalks were filled with holiday spirit on Monday evening. The annual Festival of Lights brought record crowds to downtown Broken Bow for cheerful festivities. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus greeted children in the bandstand and local food and craft vendors served hot chocolate and other treats.

The American Legion riders, churches, community groups, local businesses, dancers, and school bands walked the city square–adorned in lights from head to toe and hood to tailgate.

The parade has rarely taken place in such nice weather, around 50 degrees. Jess Taylor assisted with s’mores in the square. He and his family attend the event every year.

“Just to see the lights and just be part of the community. The girls like watching the parade and they like visiting Santa. And then this year they had s’mores down here so Erin wanted to come do that,” Taylor said.

Nearing its twentieth year, the Festival of Lights is made possible thanks to the city, Lions Club, and Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Cecil Burt turned on the lights and a choir filled the air with Christmas carols.

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