Lawrence will mark the official start of the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa on Nov. 23 in downtown Lawrence.
The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with entertainment along Massachusetts Street.
Mayor Sue Hack will read a proclamation announcing the commencement of The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign at 5:30 p.m. in front of US Bank at Ninth and Massachusetts streets. She then will count down for the lighting ceremony.
The ceremony will end with Santa being rescued from atop Weaver's Department Store, 901 Mass., by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel. After being rescued, Santa will visit with children.