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The holidays are here. And if you didn’t notice it by the decorations set up around you, and just walked into the newsroom, you’d know by the amount of Christmas-related assignments.


Lizzie Bryan selects a song on the juke box during Santacon on Saturday at McNally's Irish Pub and Grill. Bryan is the organizer of the event, a "non-profit, non-political, non-religious & non-sensical celebration of holiday cheer, goodwill, and fun," according to their Facebook page. // Katie Currid for the Missourian

I’ve had a couple of Christmas-related assignments so far — some to come, some I’ve pitched, some just from feature hunting on my own free time. So have a looksie!

santas parying

Barby Wulff and Lisa Wright brave the rain as Kiri Torgler lights a cigarette before they move from McNally's to Top Ten Wines Saturday during Santacon. The event encouraged participants to dress like Santa as they went on a pub crawl through downtown Columbia. The phenomenon originally started in 1994 in San Francisco and has been going on in Columbia since 2009. // Katie Currid for the Missourian

magic tree

Francesca Viator gazes around at the Magic Tree during its lighting ceremony.

putting on ice skates

A kid takes off his ice skates in the middle of the floor at the Ice Terrace at Crown Center in Kansas City.

crown center ice terrance, falling on the ice

A kid laughs after calling at the Ice Terrace at Crown Center in Kansas City. Many gathered at the ice skating rink that night after the mayor's tree-lighting ceremony.

kansas city city of fountains

A boy runs through the fountains at Crown Center in Kansas City in front of the Ice Terrace. Kansas City is known as the "City of Fountains."

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