Christmas in Papillion was kicked off with the lighting of the ShadowLake Mall Christmas Tree and Downtown’s Winter Wonderland celebrations.
Shadow Lake Tree Lighting
The official kick off to Christmas in Papillion is the lighting of the giant tree in Shadow Lake mall’s center. This year’s tree lighting was the night before Thanksgiving and had a fabulous turnout. It was a blustery cold night, in the low 40’s, but by the size and joyful spirit of the crowd, you wouldn’t have guessed. Those in attendance lined the center sidewalks and were treated to a pre-parade show by Santa’s Peppermint Elves. Before Santa made his way down the parade path: the Papillion Fire Department’s festive truck delighted children, the Papillion South Titan Band (all decked out in their holiday gear) wowed us with their performance, and numerous characters had us laughing (the Grinch was a huge crowd pleaser). Kids and adults were clapping for their first Santa sighting and we can’t wait to see more of the jolly fellow!
Winter Wonderland, aptly named as all of downtown becomes a vision of such, is the annual event to celebrate the holiday’s arrival in Papillion. Santa started the party, centered between Sump Memorial Library and City Hall, arriving riding shotgun in the Papillion Fire Truck. Guests, who were able to brave the lines (free hot cocoa and popcorn provided energy), were treated to a visit with Santa in the historic school house and free carriage rides. Three live bands provided a jovial backdrop as they played holiday medleys and fun craft stations inside the Sump Memorial Library were a hit with the kids. The atmosphere was absolutely festive and local shops warmly welcomed the extra foot traffic with free deals and samples – Northwoods’ Cheese Haus was our favorite stop! Even with Pikachu and live reindeer as attractions, the lighting of the downtown light display was the definite highlight. The lights are on now, until the end of the season.