Santa rescue to return to Downtown Lawrence

Plus more opportunities to see Santa

A beloved Lawrence tradition will return Friday after taking 2020 off.


Santa Claus will once again become stuck on the roof of Weaver’s Department Store downtown, in desperate need of rescue by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

Fortunately for first responders, Santa tends to be fairly punctual, and he’s expected shortly after the holiday lighting ceremony. Mayor Brad Finkeldei will illuminate Massachusetts Street around 5:45 p.m. Friday (Nov. 26), and Santa will appear on the roof of Weaver’s, 901 Massachusetts St., around 6 p.m.

“Due to the pandemic, Santa will not be able to take gift wishes and pictures this year at the event,” according to Downtown Lawrence.

However, Santa will pass through town a few more times in the coming weeks, starting with snacks at the annual Festival of Trees from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

“Kids will be able to choose from a variety of decorations and have their cookie customized by Eileen’s Colossal Cookies. Suggested donation for admission is $5,” according to the Facebook event page. Proceeds from the festival benefit O’Connell Children’s Shelter.

Santa will also be in attendance at the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 on Massachusetts Street.

Find more upcoming Santa sightings at this link on Downtown Lawrence’s website.

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