A Magical Time of Year

A Magical Time of Year



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!



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




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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