Plattsburg Community Christmas
and activities are done so well in Plattsburg because of all
the planning done by many different organizations and
Plattsburg Community Christmas Committee (PCCC) was formed
to have a public not-for-profit organization to plan and add
Christmas activities and decorations for Plattsburg.
Recap and next year thoughts meeting will be held Tuesday,
December 17, 2013.
At Platte Valley Bank, 7 PM
link to agenda on the right
PCCC has published 2nd Plattsburg Christmas Magazine.
(click on pdf version to the right)
We would like to
thank advertisers in the magazine for helping to bring
to the community and to help with this form of advertising.
If you would like to be added to e-mail
distribution use Contact Us link or
call Jeff Longwell at 816-539-3036.
We are also proud to have a Facebook Page now:
Suggestion for our
We would like to
hear it. You can send us an e-mail by using
Contact Us (left side of Page, select
Christmas), post on our Facebook page (Plattsburg
Christmas), or contact a board member (Jeff Longwell
(816) 539-3036, Cindy Spellman, or Sue Hoover).
You can also attend one of our meetings (they are
scheduled starting in July/August and ending late
September or October).
What is done with
Typically if there is any
history on the item it is mentioned first. If
there is a specific reason the item was decided not
to be done in the past, that reason is explained.
It is possible an item to be brought up again to be
Most suggestions are great ones but main issues
always come down to either money or people to do it
If an item is a major effort/event
the executive board will take the idea and discuss
if it is something they believe should be worked on
and become part of the groups activities.
Ideas are discussed in regular meetings too and input
from anyone is considered.
Our goal is if
someone takes the time to give us a suggestion that
we take the time to consider it and they feel like
they have been heard.
Items we are currently
considering for the future:
top of buildings down town
This year we
got estimated cost, best approach (Commercial LED C9
lights), and method of stringing. Waiting for
this years fund raiser to consider for next year.
Estimate was around $3,000 to do it "right",
less maintenance in the future, low energy costs.
This would do 2 blocks of Main and also side street
through in Perkins Park
This would be a
very big undertaking from having electricity
available, cost of building or purchasing lights
figuring's, and people to be there while open.
Lot of positive feedback on this item so keeping it
as a long term goal (continue to research and work
Past Items non
Home & Business Decorating
The Home Decorating Contest was
done off/on by Chamber of Commerce where either the
board would go around voting on the best houses or
they would get someone out of town to vote.
PlattsburgMo.com took over this contest by
posting pictures of the homes and allowing voting
online. In addition Business decorating
contest was done similar way (voting online).
Over time the business voting method has been
modified to allow people to vote in the businesses
(1 time a day) which overall votes carry 50% and then
judges would vote which carried the other 50%.
Businesses have made a fun "competition" out of this
and with a traveling plaque past winners are still
recognized. This event seems to still be
The home decorating contest took a
lot of effort (to get pictures of everyone
decorating in the City Limits). Because of
high level of effort needed and occur around same
time of other events the home decorating contest was
Christmas Flags on Clay Ave or Downtown
There was a lot of research put into this item.
Getting size and type of flag that would look best
and estimated cost. Considered if flags on
Clay Ave would take away from any Christmas
Decorations not to mention over 60 flag holders and
cost of that many flags. Issues like where the
flags would be stored and who would put up (and when
put up/down--all month or just during events).
With the many issues and cost it was decided to look
into having them downtown. One concern was
would it take away from greenery that is put up on
light post. Another concern was if permanent
hangers would be added people would want flags
during other periods (and unless funding could be
find empty holders may not look good). Again
who would put up and take down and storage. In
middle of this discussion the City let it be known
they would like to replace decorations on Clay but
was very expensive. It was decided money set
aside for the flags would go to the city to help
purchase new Christmas decorations.
Large Swag of lights over
It was researched when new
lights for Clay in the process to get a large swag
over Main street. Issue was needing to tie
between two buildings of similar size. With
very limited options and concern to impact of
building the swag would be tied to this was decided
Lights outlining downtown buildings
mentioned above this item is still alive. It
was the most ask for enhancement for our group to do
and also seems most feasible. Research is to
use LED C9 white bulbs and outline only top of the
buildings. Using LED will allow to stretch
across 1 block going up/down over top of the
buildings and down both sides of the buildings could
be done with 1 string. Estimated cost of
running electricity for the block would be $5 for
the season having the lights on 4 PM to Midnight.
The lights would be about 15 inches apart would be
put in a plastic holder designed for such a purpose
(the holder would be construction glued on concrete
and process of doing this would be assisted by the
Fire Department and volunteers. Building
owners would need to give permission. It was
decided to look at income from this years fund
raiser to see possibility of at least doing some
building for next year.
Drive through Light
Display in Perkins Park
People love this
idea but it is a very big item. Besides
listing items needed to do this not much more has
been done at this point. Here are some
of the items listed: Need to get Park Board
and possibly Corp of Eng. ok to do drive through,
would need City to clear road if it snows,
electricity would be need--could do generators at
first (concern of generators stolen--take out each
night?) but electricity available in future would be
better, cost of displays themselves (could they be
built?), open every day or only 3 nights of the
weekend?, having groups volunteer to take donations
for drive through, would group be given part of
proceeds?, cost of electricity, would it be good to
find larger sponsors to help with some of the cost?,
would enough people come to Plattsburg to see it
(would our loop be worth it to people come out from
30 miles or farther away to see it?
Past Items for Friday/Saturday Activities
This was added 2nd year of Christmas
Celebration. It was initially to be a fund
raiser where 1/2 of proceeds would go to the
committee but with Chamber of Commerce helping out
each year by paying insurance it was decided after
the 1st year for all proceeds to go to charity.
Started with 8 trees the 1st year, now at 12 trees
and looking to increase in the future.
Parade was initially only during the day given lot
of concerns by people of the coldness of the night.
With input of float builders wanting to have a night
parade and input at a meeting it was decided to have
the Night Parade to "give it a try". Combined
with the Mayor's Christmas Tree lighting (new event)
first year was a good crowd but second year was a
great crowd. This has become one of the major
highlights of the season.
Parade Categories and
start of the parade concept, it was thought the quality and
number of floats in the parade would give the parade
the life it needed. From the 1st years parade
it was obvious the float builders were serious and
all brought their best for us to enjoy. With
an average of 8 or 9 items in each parade the
overall number of entries is still little small so
the search continues for float builders or groups to
be part of the parade each year. Prizes for
entries started as 1st/2nd/3rd in 3
categories (each entry had to be one of the 3
categories) to what is now 9 categories where each
entry is automatically considered in each.
Changes in Children
Activities on Saturday
Started out with a
small puppet show and Little Mr/Miss contest in
Senior Center to now a full blown Light Puppet Show
and Little Mr/Miss held at the Courtyard (where all
In addition, Letters to Santa was added for kids to
write their letter for Santa along with a process to get
child's address so Santa can write back was added.
Lines to see Santa
Nobody could of predicted that after 1st
Christmas Parade that parents and children would be
lined up length of the Courtyard to the stairs but
that is what happened. We have added
pre-registration so parents can line up in "groups"
to see Santa and can do other activities without
loosing place in line. We also added option
for a group picture with Santa so families can share
1 picture instead of multiple pictures. We continue to work in
this area wanting to add e-mail or text message
picture with Santa as an option.
More activities for Friday
The night parade has become a great
success. In 2013 Festival of Trees
along with craft booths at the Courtyard will open
at 5:30 - 8:30 pm. This will give people from
out of town that may come in only for the Night
Parade more things to do. This is a trial item
and based upon its success may be changed in the
The Christmas Train looks nice
in the parade but attempt to give rides has been a
hit/miss type of thing. Initial attempt was
during the day by the City Hall but weather did not
cooperate and rained most of the day.
Another year attempted at night after the parade but
only a few took advantage of it. Kids that did
ride enjoyed it so seems to be more of an thing to
figure out best time to give rides.