West City plans Christmas community movie night Dec. 8

A free family movie night will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at the West City Community Center. The festivities start at 4 p.m. with a candy cane hunt for children.

At 6 p.m., the movies begin. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be shown.

The evening’s free festivities will also include popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies, a coloring contest, and a visit from Santa.

Rend Lake College offers free photos with Santa


Rend Lake College is offering free photos with Santa on Saturdays this month in Mount Vernon.

Santa will be at the RLC MarketPlace, Potomac Boulevard in Mount Vernon, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 22.

You can find the jolly old elf in the Shoe Stop store at the center.

Lighted parade enchants hundreds in West Frankfort

Crowds rivaling those of the Old King Coal Festival packed downtwon West Frankfort on Tuesday night for the annual Fantasy of Lights Parade. Warmer temperatures brought out the huge crowd to watch one of the best lighted parades in the town’s history.
West Frankfort begins the area’s illuminated parade season, with other cities such as Herrin, and notably Carbondale, following.
Long time parade watchers say that Tuesday’s line-up was as long and colorful as it ever had been. Veteran marchers like the FCHS band joined newcomers and favorites in the half-hour march of units – and individuals – all creatively lit.
The Main Man of the Season himself rode high above the parade. Santa Claus made his grand entrance atop a West Frankfort Fire Dept. engine. One young lady who had been appreciative of the floats gushed, “Santa, I love you!” as he passed by. And, organizers will tell you that this is the reason they do it each year.
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