Fort Leonard Wood’s annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony will take place this evening at 5:30 on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, with activities for attendees, young and old. Like last year’s event, MSCoE Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with holiday train rides, a mailbox for letters to Santa, photo opportunities with a snowman, and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus — free photo opportunities with Santa will be available between 6 and 7 p.m.
Another popular event returning this year will be the Cards to the Community competition, and last-minute entrees are welcome — the winners will be chosen at the ceremony. New this year will be bowling and ornament decorating stations. Daugherty Bowling Center will be making a bowling lane out of straw bales.
Providing the music again this year will be Soldiers with the 399th Army Band’s brass musical performance team. In addition to the tree-lighting ceremony performance, the 399th Army Band will be hosting a larger holiday concert at 7 p.m. December 125h at Nutter Field House. This concert will be live-streamed on the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page.