The city of Butterfield will formally launch into the holiday spirit December 1 with their tree-lighting ceremony. The Christmas lights are courtesy GE Lighting, and the event begins at 5:05 p.m., but the location of the tree-lighting is yet to be determined, said Barb Mathistad, a co-coordinator of the event. The Butterfield-Odin High School choir will be on hand to sing Christmas carols, and the fire department will be giving free rides with Santa Claus, she said. A drawing for door prizes will be held, and one must be present to win, Mathistad said. In addition, Santa Claus will visit with children at the event, and pictures can be taken to capture the memories. Following the lighting ceremony, a soup, chili, and sandwich supper will be held at the Butterfield Fire Hall, she said. A freewill donation will be received, as well, with all proceeds going to the Butterfield Fire Department. Roughly a dozen vendors will also be setup in the hall, said Wynette Haler, a consultant for Pampered Chef. Among the vendors will be the aforementioned Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Avon, Signature Homestyles, Tastefully Simple, and Origami Owl (“very popular right now”). For the rest of the story, please see Thursday's print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.