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AMERICAN FALLS — The American Falls community is holding its annual “Lighting the Spirit Within” Christmas Community Festival on Saturday, hosted by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

Events start at 3 p.m., with the community able to meet Santa at the American Falls Little Theatre up until 5:30 p.m. Downtown events include a caroling trolley at The Ranch, gingerbread house making at the American Falls Fellowship building, ornament decorating at the Power County Family Clinic, a craft station at the American Falls Youth Center, and crafts and treats at State Farm and Curry Andrews Estate Planning.

“Last year was absolutely crazy busy and super fun,” said Gordy Brown, chairman of American Falls’s Chamber of Commerce. “Lots of families came in and there was a live nativity scene, and everything is located right in the downtown area.”

Further events include a holiday reading at the American Falls District Library held from 5 to 5:30 p.m., a live nativity and soup from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the park, and a Christmas concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to all the events, there will be burning barrels set up around the streets to keep people warm and the festivities going, and treats such as wassail, milk and cookies at the American Falls Rotary. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase at any participating business, with the drawing held at 6 pm. All those participating must be present to win.

There will be opportunities to give to those in need this holiday season, with Angel Trees and donation stations available around town where community members can donate canned food, clothing and toys.

This year, Brown said there is a chance that Santa Claus may come to town by helicopter or firetruck, so for those who want to watch would want to arrive in downtown a little before 3 p.m.

“It’d be great to have everyone come out and get involved,” said Brown. “Being down near the live nativity and being among the community, it’s a testament to how great our community is and being there with others is something special.”