ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – St. Louis officially kicked off the holiday season Friday evening with the Macy’s Festival of Lightsin Keiner Plaza. Mayor Francis Slay, Santa, and two Rockettes from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular playing at the Peabody Opera House pushed the plunger to light the plaza. The city lighting was followed by fireworks.
Part of what was lit was the Salvation Army’s Christmas tree in Kiener Plaza. The Festival of Lights is also the official start to the Salvation Army Tree of Lights fundraising campaign, of which KPLR and FOX2 are proud sponsors. The campaign, which hopes to raise $6.5 million this season to serve disadvantaged St. Louisans.