FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Fort Riley got an early taste of Christmas tonight at the annual Holiday Tree-Lighting ceremony.
In addition to lighting the tree, the event featured singing, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.
The lighting of the tree kicks off the holiday season every year at Fort Riley and serves as a way to bring the military community together and honor those who can’t be home for holiday’s this year.
"I think it’s just nice because it’s like, even if your family member is gone, you still have your army family and you’re here together," said Historical and Archaeological Society President Brenda Werner. "You’re just sort of kicking off the holiday season lighting the tree and singing some carols and of course you can’t forget Santa showing up."
On Saturday the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley will host its 30th annual Historic Tour of Homes at various locations throughout the Main Post.
The tour is open to the public. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.