Marceline decks downtown with Christmas finery. (Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce photo)

MARCELINE — The Christmas spirit of Walt Disney’s hometown will be on full display this Saturday, Nov. 28, for the 59th annual Peanut Night in downtown Marceline. Shortly after 6 p.m., festivities begin with a countdown to turn on the Christmas Lights at Ripley Park.

The holiday event is known for those special bags of peanuts. For better social distancing, peanuts sales will begin on Friday.

“Every bag has a prize. For $1, you can’t beat that,” Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Chris Ankeney says. “Lots of people come through the line and buy 20 bags,” she adds with a laugh.

Santa won’t make an appearance this year due to the pandemic, but children can still share their Christmas wishes with him.

“This year we won’t have a real Santa. That’s sad and sorry that’s happening,” Ankeney says. “In its place, we’ll have a fully-decorated Santa house for a photo opportunity and a really cool mailbox next to the Santa house for letters, so kids can still communicate with him.”

The Santa house will open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Listen to Friday’s Newsmaker at 7:30 a.m. to learn more about history of Peanut Night.