With the holiday season in full swing, several communities will be hosting tree lighting ceremonies in the coming days.

With the holiday season in full swing, several communities will be hosting tree lighting ceremonies in the coming days.

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 caroling, and Santa Claus will arrive for the festivities on a fire truck.

Children will be able to drop off letters to Santa, according to Ashley Razak with the Basehor Chamber of Commerce.

People who attend the event are encouraged to bring items such as blankets, gloves, new hats and stocking stuffers to donate to Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services for distribution.

The Lansing Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. This year, the ceremony will take place at Lansing Middle School, 220 Lion Lane.

Lansing City Clerk Sarah Bodensteiner said the ceremony was moved because the old location at the Lansing Community Center was standing room only in previous years.

"We want to be able to have more people come," she said.

She said school district officials gave the city permission to plant a tree on the middle school grounds for the lighting ceremony.

Bodensteiner said the ceremony will begin in the middle school's auditorium and feature musical and dance performances.

The ceremony will move outdoors for the tree lighting.

Santa Claus also will make an appearance during the ceremony.

This year's Fort Leavenworth tree lighting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Zais Park.

The event will include music and carriage rides, according to Mary Manago with Fort Leavenworth Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The city of Leavenworth has already had its tree lighting ceremony this year. The event took place Nov. 16.

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