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Christmas in Niles

2011 Christmas Celebrations 
Santa Arrives in Riverfront Park November 19th at 11 am.
Downtown Hometown Christmas Celebration
November 26th with Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Lighting of the Downtown Tree, Entertainment & Shopping!  
Visit with Santa
Thursdays in December 
December 1st at the Riverfront Cafe.
Lighting of the Historic Niles Train Depot takes place on
December 3rd with 
Special Live Entertainment.  
Breakfast with Rudolph
December 3rd at the Nugget Grille downtown.  
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The 2010 Lighting of the Niles Train Depot

The Historic Niles Amtrak Train Depot was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The historic depot has been used in on-location scenes of at least three movies; "Continental Divide", starring John Belushi and Blair Brown, "Midnight Run", starring Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin, and "Only the Lonely" starring John Candy and Ally Sheedy.  It was the latter of these three which spawned the tradition of adding Christmas lights and decorations to the station annually.  Mayor McCauslin has routinely given a welcome to all visitors and a Christmas Message address at the Lighting of the Depot Ceremony.

Good evening~

Once again, it is truly my privilege to be invited by the Garden Club to participate in the annual lighting of our Depot.  I also get to do one of my favorite things at this time of year….. welcome Santa and Mrs.  Claus to Niles.  I always hope it puts me on the nice list.

For those of you visiting our community for this annual celebration, we welcome you with holiday cheer.  For those of you that already call Niles home, we share our warm and festive greetings.

I think this is the tenth time I have been honored to participate in the Depot Lighting and I am thankful for each and every one of them.  Those of you that have been here or participated before, also know that this is my favorite time of year.

It seems as though each year I have shared my comments on the excitement of the approaching holidays, my thoughts and words and indeed our celebration, have always been tempered with the ever present concerns of the day.  I have yet to share this holiday tradition with you when we have not been at war.  I have yet to join you here at the Depot without the looming threat of terrorism.  I have yet to welcome our Niles Christmas without some natural calamity or economic threat clamoring in the not too distance.  But together, we have endured the hardships and downfalls, threats and conflict.  Together, we have continued to make Niles a wonderful community.

Tonight and during this season, we relish in the excitement, the lights, holiday celebrations, family and friends, hope for our children and hope for the future;  but let us also remember what this season means and what is truly important.  During this time of overindulgence, stress, and hectic shopping;  let us all remember to take just a few moments to reflect on what is truly meaningful and count the blessings that have been bestowed on us.  Last year I asked you to share your blessings with someone less fortunate.  Tonight and during this holiday season I also ask that you reflect on your own blessings. 

If you got up this morning with a roof over your head, be thankful….many of our friends and neighbors did not;  If you got up this morning and had food to eat, be thankful…..many people did not;  If you got up this morning with a job or purpose, be thankful….many people did not;  If you got up this morning and had someone you love and someone who loves you, be thankful……many people do not.

And if you got up this morning and you had all of those things, a roof over your head, food to eat, a job or purpose, someone to love and someone who loves you; then my friends you have absolutely everything that is truly important and you have been blessed. 

During this holiday season and always, please keep those who protect us, our soldiers, our police, and our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.

On behalf of the City of Niles and from my family, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Godspeed for a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. 

Mayor Michael McCauslin

Photo of Train Depot Lighting Ceremony by Jessica Sieff of the Niles Daily Star