Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the public to the first Winter Lights at Tower Square event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18 at 13th and "P" streets. The event will include music from Will Hutchinson, refreshments , visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and the presentation of the City's first Luminary Award.
"Two years ago, we celebrated the Winter Solstice by dedicating Ascent, which has quickly become an icon in our community," Mayor Beutler said. "Winter Lights will be an annual event to mark the change of seasons and to celebrate the people in our community who light up our lives and make our City a great place to live."
Mayor Beutler will present the Luminary Award in a short program that will begin about 4:55 p.m. Leadership Lincoln facilitated the selection process for the award, which honors an individual who "has displayed consistent and intentional actions that demonstrate Lincoln's values and has gone above and beyond in making an impact on Lincoln and its citizens."
Hutchinson, also known as Ozark Hutch, is a Lincoln-based singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist. In 2013, he was a finalist in the International John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He will perform both original songs and holiday favorites at Winter Lights, and those attending are encouraged to sing along.
Event partners include the City Parks and Recreation Department, Leadership Lincoln, the Downtown Lincoln Association and the Lincoln Parks Foundation.