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      Lots of family holiday fun in Kirksville this December

      KTVO's Vanessa Alonso visits Santa at the Adair County Courthouse Saturday.

      With the holiday season in full swing, you can expect a lot family fun this next month on the downtown square in Kirksville.

      Over the next few Saturdays, the Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee is working along with the City of Kirksville and local organizations to help the community get excited for the Christmas holiday.

      There will be a Christmas tree and train rides on the courthouse lawn and different events such an ornament and downtown window decorating contest. There will be Breakfast with Santa at Pickler's Famous and the Kiwanis Christmas Parade on Saturday December 7. There will also be a coloring contest on Saturday, December 14 and a Community Christmas Dinner at the Truman State University Student Union Building on Saturday, December 21.

      This is all done to thank the Kirksville community for their support.

      "It's for the holidays, but it's also all the merchants giving back a little bit for everything all the customers have done for us and all the community has done. We just want to give back. The community has done so much. We wouldn't be here without them. We know as small business owners. It's our way of saying Thank You and Happy Holidays," said Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee President Justin Tallman.

      And of course every Saturday from now until December 21, families can come visit Santa from 2-4 p.m. at the Adair County Courthouse.

      Even our very own Vanessa Alonso visited Santa Saturday and got a chance to tell him what she wanted for Christmas this year.