Mr. Christmas Marks New Beginning on the Plaza

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a holiday first for a Prairie Village man known as Mr. Christmas, as he has taken his famous holiday decorations across the state like to the Show-Me State.

After 47 years, Mike Babick, aka "Mr. Christmas," is moving his elaborate holiday light display from his Prairie Village home on Falmouth Street to the Holiday Inn at East 45th Street and Main near the Country Club Plaza.

The move comes after the Prairie Village City Council, spurred on by criticism from neighbors who weren't happy about the traffic, passed a measure requiring anyone putting up huge displays to get a permit.

Babick, a 70-year-old retired ATT worker, says that he couldn't afford the future costs of a permit, so he's taken his display to Missouri. Now, he is setting up a much smaller display in four different scenes

"It's a new beginning here at the Holiday Inn and I'm excited about my new adventure, my new experience," says Babick.

On Wednesday, FOX 4 got an exclusive sneak-peek as Mr. Christmas and his line of helpful elves as they unpacked and set up the new Holiday Inn display. The display still features plenty of familiar faces including Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the Gang and a lot more colorful, animated characters - and a beaming Babick says that long-time fans can expect some new ones as well.

"I pulled out my new Snow Kids, who spin around and jump up and down, and, I can't wait until the kids see my new moving elves," said Babick.

The Holiday Inn says that they are happy to have him.

"We are thrilled to have Mr. Christmas show off his holiday display at our hotel because we are partnering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters for a toy drive and we're hoping the display will attract more people who will bring lots of toys for the event, " says Stephanie Porter, a spokesperson for Holiday Inn.

Mr. Christmas' Holiday Inn display starts this Saturday and runs through January 2.

"We are here for the public to see and to continue enjoying, and we'll be back next year," says Babick.

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