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Nov. 21, 2018 | Gates open 5 p.m.

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First Gift of Christmas 2016 

Anyone who is a fan of the Polar Express movie knows that the First Gift of Christmas is a bell from Santa's sleigh. It is a simple gift but one that carries so much meaning and importance for so many people all over the world.

In 2008, at Jackson County's annual Christmas in the Sky event at Longview Lake in Lee's Summit, Mo., Santa Claus made an appearance and presented the First Gift of Christmas -- a bell from Santa's sleigh to Payton, a young boy who had a particularly difficult year, losing his father and coming to live with his grandparents.

Presenting the First Gift of Christmas to Payton started a popular, new tradition. Now, the night before Thanksgiving each year at Christmas in the Sky, a very deserving child receives the First Gift of Christmas. Our complete list of recipients can be found on the left side of our homepage.

We must take a moment to thank a few people. First, many thanks to Jackson County Parks + Rec, Director Michele Newman and Event Coordinator Marcy Caldwell for allowing Santa Claus to fly in each year for a special appearance and for allowing the Jolly Old Elf to present the First Gift of Christmas to some wonderful children. Special thanks to the Park Rangers, who make sure Santa has a place to land his sleigh and for transporting him safely in and out of the park each year.

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A very special thank you to Elf Christina, who works in conjunction with Magical Bells to produce Santa's sleigh bells each year. Christina donates many of her bells for charitable causes across the country. She is the embodiment of the true Spirit of Christmas.

We hope to see you all at Christmas in the Sky 2018, at Longview Lake, near Lee's Summit, Mo., on Nov. 21, with gates opening at 5 p.m.

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