Downtown traditions embody what Christmas means to us

Russellville Girl Scouts from Troop 70222 wave to the passing crowd after performing a routine Friday night in the window at Tolson Drug during the annual Living Windows event in downtown Jefferson City.

Russellville Girl Scouts from Troop 70222 wave to the passing crowd after performing a routine Friday night in the window at Tolson Drug during the annual Living Windows event in downtown Jefferson City. Photo by Kris Wilson.

One of Jefferson City’s official starts to the holiday season enjoyed a large crowd, thanks in part to unseasonably warm weather Friday evening.

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Jenny Neff, co-owner of the Mary Kate Johnson Art Gallery, paints the outline of a child’s hand in the window of the High Street studio. Living Windows expanded this year to include part of Madison Street and more of High Street.

C.C. McClure, manager at Downtown Book and Toy, said this year’s Living Windows seemed especially well-attended. She noticed lots more people entered the shop earlier in the evening. She thought the unseasonably mild weather probably contributed to large crowds.

“Usually this is a night for looking, but people are actually buying,” she said.

As usual, the windows of local downtown businesses were filled with dancers, singers and Christmas displays, and fun could be had for a mere song.

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