Kuna Chamber of Commerce partnered with local agencies to put on Kuna Down Home Country Christmas Saturday, Dec. 9.

Events included a children's carnival, gingerbread decorating, a cake and wreath sale, a chili feed, an event for Kuna Adopt-A-Family for Christmas, the night light parade and, of course, the tree lighting in Bernie Fisher Park.

Reed Elementary School also hosted A Christmas Fiesta, put on by the dual-language program, at the school with face painting, crafts, activities, food and a visit from Santa.

The number of floats in the night light parade doubled this year, according to Kuna Chamber of Commerce director Karri Keller. She said this year had 40 floats.

Chris Engels, city clerk, wanted to highlight wreaths donated to raise money for lupus research and awareness. Wreaths are still available for purchase.

Richard Cardoza, city councilman, said about 70 gingerbread men were decorated. Engels said about 102 were bought, and event organizers had to run out for more.

Following the parade, residents gathered in the band shell for hot chocolate while waiting for the tree lighting. Kuna Mayor Joe Stear led the countdown, then lit the Christmas tree, as well as other decorated trees throughout Bernie Fisher Park.

Melba churches and other organizers also hosted Christmas events. A Christmas in Melba was Wednesday, Dec. 6. Event-goers could complete a scavenger hunt which took them through attractions such as the ATV light display, live nativity scene, visiting Santa, touring Melba in a hay ride, visiting the Melba Historical Museum, taking a selfie with Clyde the Camel and sampling food and desserts offered.

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Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.


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