The Christmas holiday season begins this week. Holiday season banners and lights can be seen along streets in the City of Anna. The banners and other decorations were placed by Anna city workers. Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 26. Christmas Day is Friday, Dec. 25, with New Year’s Day following on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

Special holiday season events planned in Anna

The Christmas holiday season is set to kick off this weekend in the City of Anna.

Two special events are planned on Saturday, Nov. 28:

•The debut of the city’s new Gumdrop Drive holiday lights route.

•A drive-thru Christmas dropoff to help support the local Pay It Forward program.

The Gumdrop Drive holiday lights route will feature holiday lights and decorations along South Main and Davie streets in Anna, as well as Herman Wright Drive at the Anna City Park.

Sponsorships have been sold for light poles and trees to be decorated. 

The sponsorships have proven to be successful – city officials reported a sell out for trees for Gumdrop Drive.

The route is scheduled to be lit up on Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 28. The display is scheduled to continue through New Year’s Day.

Also scheduled on Saturday is a 2020 holiday season Operation Pay It Forward Giving Parade.

The parade will give the community a chance to support the local Pay It Forward program. The program provides Christmas presents for children in need.

The parade made its debut last year in downtown Anna. This year, the event will be a little bit different.

Community members are invited to drive thru and drop off unwrapped Christmas gifts at the Anna Fire Station between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The fire station is located along Market Street, next to Anna City Hall.

Those who stop by will see Anna Fire Department trucks decorated for the season. Music will be played. Santa, his elves and other special guests are scheduled to be on hand. Candy canes will be given to children.

At 6:30 p.m., Christmas trees at the Anna City Park will be lit for the holiday season. 

Then the evening's activities will feature a short fireworks display presented by Brad Dawson. 

He has presented Independence Day fireworks at the Anna City Park for several years.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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