A Magical Time of Year

A Magical Time of Year

 

BY: RACHEL WUMKES

The magic of Christmas is really something to behold.  The crisp chill in the air.  The excitement of children as they tediously write their lists and letter to Santa.  The beauty of our frozen lake as our Main Street comes alive with the sights and sounds of the Holiday season.

For the past 25 years, Clear Lake has hosted the event of all events… Christmas by the Lake.  It’s a weekend of food, fun, and community.  A day to bring the family uptown to relish in the beauty of our incredible Main Street, decorated for the season and bursting with holiday cheer. As always, the event committee has knocked it out of the park, planning a day filled with activity for everyone, young and old, to enjoy the magic of Christmas.

Below is a rundown of events.  A comprehensive list of everything you need to know for maximizing your Christmas by the Lake experience!

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th    

8:30AM – Cookie Walk/Coffee/Cinnamon Rolls

United Methodist Church

 

9AM – 4PM – Holiday Bazaar & Face Painting

Maid Rite Lunch with proceeds going to Toys for Tots

Senior Citizens Center

 

10:30AM & 11:30AM – Storytime & Craft

CL Public Library (ages 3-6)

 

10AM – 3PM – Indoor Nativity Scene Displays

CL Regular Baptist Church – Free coffee, Cider & Cookies

 

11AM – 1:30PM – Soup & Sandwich Lunch w/ Pie

United Methodist Church

 

11AM – Crowning of Prince & Princess

Clear Lake Bank & Trust

 

11AM – Matinee at Lake Theatre

Free admission WITH a donation to local food bank

Abominable – PG (title could change)

Sponsored by Shelter Insurance

 

11AM – 3PM – Simply Nourished European-Style Outdoor Market – Featuring local artisans, entertainment, traditional food, and drink

North 3rd Street along City Park

 

11:30AM – 3:30PM – Pony Rides & Petting Zoo

Sponsored by Fareway & CL Evening Lions

 

1PM – Wood Sculptor

City Park – Under the Gazebo

 

1PM – 4PM – Free S’mores & Christmas Karaoke

400 block of Main

 

1PM – 4PM & 6PM-7PM – Visit with Santa

City Park

 

1PM – 4PM – Free Main Street Trolley Rides

 

1:30PM – 4PM – Santa’s Workshop Festival

Blackbox Theatre at The Hub (North 5th Street)

 

2PM – 4:30PM – Warming House

Popcorn & hot drinks at Farmers State Bank

(210 1st Ave N)

 

2PM – 4:30PM – Horse Drawn Sleigh/Carriage Rides

(Boarding at Wilcox Furniture & Ge-Jo’s)

Sponsored by Farmer’s State Bank & Dean Snyder Construction

 

2PM – 5PM – Strolling Dickens Characters

Sponsored by the Globe Gazette

 

5:07PM – Lighted Christmas by the Lake Parade & Spectacular Fireworks Finale

Off Seawall following the parade

 

7PM – Christmas with the Holy Rocka Rollaz

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th

 

11AM – Matinee at the Lake Theatre

Free admission WITH a donation to local Food Bank

Abominable – PG (title could change)

Sponsored by Sheltered Insurance

12:30PM – Polar Bear Dip

City Beach

 

1PM – 4PM – Visit with Santa

City Park

 

1PM – Treasure Hunt

Lakeview Room

Sponsored by The Other Place

 

There you have it, folks, a complete listing of all the fun planned for our fabulous Christmas by the Lake Celebration.  Thanks for a great 25 years of this celebration, and here’s hoping for 25 more, just as magical as always!

See you at the Lake!

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