More than 5,000 people are expected to pack downtown Jefferson City for this evening’s popular Living Windows event and the candlelight tours at the Governor’s Mansion. Living Windows committee chair Cara Alexander Stark, the co-owner of Cork and Board, has been preparing all year for the event.
“The last two or three years, the Jefferson City Police Department has let us know that there’s been about four to five-thousand people in downtown Jefferson City. And with the response that we’ve had this year as well as some of the new additions to Living Windows tonight (Friday), I’m really hopeful that we’re going to see that number exceed five-thousand,” Stark says.
Living Windows begins this evening at 5:30 and runs until 9:30. Jefferson City Police say parking will not be allowed on High street between Monroe and Jefferson. Ms. Stark tells 939 the Eagle that they have more than 40 pairings of windows and performers.
“So the whole point of Living Windows is to watch the windows come to life with performers from in and around Jeff City who showcase their skills. So we have dance studios, singers, artists. Everything from puppets to mermaids,” says Stark.
Ms. Stark also says face painters will be in front of Cole County Abstract. They’ll be able to paint pictures of Christmas trees on your child’s face for free. Living Windows officials are also excited about two brand-new drone shows that will be offered tonight. Cara Alexander Stark tells 939 the Eagle that the drone shows will be offered at both 7 and 8 this evening.
“So that’s put on by Starstruck drone shows, which is a company here in Jeff City that sends about 150 drones 400 feet in the air. And it will make a Santa Claus waving, we’ll have presents being unwrapped. It’s about a ten to 12-minute light show,” Stark says.
Starstruck drone shows describes its work as “jaw-dropping.”
Missouri Governor Mike Parson says the tree will be lit outside the Governor’s Mansion at 6 pm, and candlelight tours will follow until 8 pm. Toys for Tots representatives will be on-hand at the Governor’s Mansion, accepting monetary donations or donations of new and unwrapped toys.