Christmas is now only a month away, and local tree lightings may help people get in the holiday mood.

The city of Basehor will have its annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The tree will be located between Citizens Savings & Loan, 15500 State Ave., and the Sutton Law Office, 1106 N. 155th St.

The event, which is sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, will feature Christmas carols performed by school children.

Santa Claus will arrive during the ceremony on a fire truck.

"The kids will be able to visit with Santa," Basehor City Clerk Katherine Renn said.

Children also will be able to drop off letters for Santa.

People are encouraged to bring blankets, gloves, new hats and stocking stuffers to donate for distribution by Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services.

The following day, Fort Leavenworth will have its own tree lighting. The event, which also will commemorate the Army post's 190th birthday, will take place from 4-6 p.m. Friday at Zais Park, according to the Fort Leavenworth Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website.

The event will feature carriage rides, photo stations and other activities.

On Dec. 3, the city of Lansing will have its Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lansing Community Center, 800 First Terrace.

Those attending the ceremony are invited to bring donations for the Mayor's Christmas Tree Program to help local families in need.

The city of Leavenworth had its mayor's tree lighting ceremony Nov. 17. The tree will remain on display through the first of the year at Haymarket Square, Seventh and Cherokee streets.

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