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Dec 28

Time to Celebrate & Give Thanks

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM by Kristy Bansemer

We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for in Derby, especially during the holiday season. We just held our thirteenth tree lighting event, which is one of my favorite events of the year. I love to see the eyes of young kids light up as they see the tree for the first time. The smell of kettle corn and hot chocolate and the sighting of Santa Claus bring a new level of excitement. 

Thanksgiving is this week as well. It’s nice to have a weekend to spend with family and friends and express our gratitude for all we have. Derby is preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. I am thankful for all those who came before us who were dedicated to making this community what it is today. I’m also thankful for those who continue to lead this community in many capacities. From the schools and businesses to civic organizations and city staff, I commend you.

We have another few weekends of holiday activities coming up in December. The first and second weekends are packed with special events hosted by many community organizations. From craft fairs and breakfast with Santa to carriage rides in the park, you will find something to entertain you right here in town. Find a list of holiday events at If you have an event you’d like to see on this calendar, give Janae a call at 788-1519.

Don’t miss the Christmas parade, hosted by the Derby VFW and American Legion, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Grab some blankets and hot chocolate for this lighted, evening parade on the streets of Derby.  

I am proud to serve as Mayor of Derby, Kansas. I am proud of our community and the people who live here.  A big “thank you” from the Derby City Council for all you do. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Randy White

Published in the Derby Informer on Nov. 21, 2018.