Courtney Christmas Festival starts holly and jolly season

The Christmas boss himself will take children's wishes at the festival on both days.

The Christmas boss himself will take children’s wishes at the festival on both days.

MCCS will be spreading some extra holiday cheer this year with their 24th Annual Courtney Christmas & Holiday Festival. This free event is geared to people of all ages providing plenty of merriment for everyone this holiday season. This year the festival is scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10 from 1 to 9 p.m. both days in front of the Commissary/Exchange complex on Camp Courtney.

One of Santa's reindeers exchanging views with a young festival goer.

One of Santa’s reindeers exchanging views with a young festival goer.

The festival will offer many favorite attractions—including Fun Land, free live entertainment, game booths, delicious cultural foods and American favorites such as Bulldogs Burgers, pizza, Hickory House All-American BBQ and Kanpai Lounge serving refreshing adult beverages. In Santa’s House, kids can meet with the jolly fellow, have their picture taken, share their gift wishes and receive a present.

This year’s entertainment includes a live performance by American Alternative Rock sensation Third Eye Blind on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., DJ Manifesto on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. as well as a holiday-themed laser light show taking place Sunday at 8:10 p.m.

This Eye Blind is on stage.

This Eye Blind is live on stage on Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 7 p.m.

Many lucky festival-goers will even leave the fest with an early Christmas gift! There will be many prizes available for lucky winners—including toys and more from event sponsors Mattel, Red Lobster, Nago Pineapple Park, BAE Systems, GEICO and Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort.

Start your holidays this year with holly and jolly at Camp Courtney Christmas & Holiday Festival. Admission to the festival is free and it’s open to all SOFA ID card holders and Japanese nationals. Please be prepared to show a photo I.D. at the gate.

No one needs o leave the festival hungry.

No one needs o leave the festival hungry.

No one will be admitted with pets, bottles, outside alcohol or coolers. Please be responsible; don’t drink and drive. Both taxi and daiko services will be available. All patrons must park in the designated parking area and walk to the festival grounds via the main Exchange/Commissary gate (Gate 12). For more information, call 645-5828 or visit MCCS Festivals & Special Events online at mccsokinawa.com/festivals or facebook.com/mccsokinawa.diningandentertainment.