“Christmas in Kuttawa” is now a tradition that continues to draw crowds to the city. As seen in this file photo, the celebration includes food, community and plenty of festive cheer as Kuttawa officially kicks off the Christmas season. This year’s event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

This weekend, Lyon County residents and visitors can get into the holiday spirit with “Christmas in Kuttawa.” With snacks, Christmas-themed activities and maybe even a visit from a certain “jolly old elf,” it’s sure to have something for everyone.

The Christmas in Kuttawa event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. It will be located at the City Hall Pavilion at 88 Cedar St., and the event is free for everyone.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be Christmas carriage rides in a horse and buggy. The Kuttawa Line Dancers are also scheduled to appear from noon to 1 p.m. for a special performance.

Thanks to Kuttawa Tourism, the popular portable ice skating rink will be returning. The synthetic ice rink will be available all day for families to enjoy. Ice skates and walkers will be provided. Kuttawa Tourism is also sponsoring several new events for this year’s celebration, according to Tourism Director Justin Kimbro.

“New for this year is a gingerbread bounce house and slide, as well as an interactive 16-foot tall snow globe that you can crawl around inside and take photos,” he said.

“Also new for this year will be live Christmas trees for sale and nuts roasted by a local vendor. We will also be serving up free hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee and cheesy potato soup to everyone!” he finished.

Kimbro said he is excited that Kuttawa Tourism is a part of this event that will both encourage visitors and that locals can be proud to call their own.

“Beyond the commerce tourists provide at our local eateries, hotels and retail shops while they’re visiting town during our festivities,” Kimbro said, “events like ours are so important to every small town across America as a way to share their unique culture and a way to exhibit community assets.

“Christmas in Kuttawa will certainly showcase the unity of Lyon County and provide long-term benefits to our entire area, as well as host this event for years to come.”