BY: RACHEL SMITH
*NOTE: Due to weather, Christmas by the Lake will be held December 8th & 9th.*
It’s definitely not our first rodeo hosting the epic holiday celebration, Christmas by the Lake! After the Festival of Trees kicks off a weekend of family fun, you can expect all your favorite activities to be back by popular demand.
Dicken’s characters will stroll the streets. There will be a multitude of chances for family fun with horse-drawn carriage ride, or maybe you’ll visit Santa’s house in City Park. Don’t forget about the lighted parade followed by fireworks over the lake! Its beauty and wonder all wrapped up in one!
If the cold weather starts to infiltrate your bones, never fear, because Farmer’s State Bank will warm you up with complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate from 2-4:30pm! Oh… and if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate, you can see a matinee of Smallfoot at Lake Theatre at 11AM FOR FREE both Saturday and Sunday!!!
However, you MUST bring a food item to donate – or no movie for you! Sorry, but rules are rules and the Lake Theatre is being abundantly generous and kind in this act. Be a gem and don’t ruin it by just walking in with no donation.
**Said in my sternest mom-voice**
But what you may notice as a new, added bonus this year is something that’s never been done in Clear Lake before. Inspired by Ashley & Shea Coleman (owners of Be Wellness/Simply Nourished) during their worldly travels, there will be an outdoor holiday market along N 3rd Street. This European-style market will be reminiscent of the sights, sounds and smells you’d experience overseas… but with its own local flair.
This unique Christmas Market will be open from 11-3 and will feature lunch options, mulled cider and wine, and an assortment of exceptional gifts, candies and baked goods.
So what exactly can you expect? Well, here’s a vendor list for you!
South Shore Donuts
G Zue Kids Clothing
Scott Family Needlework
Red Shed Gardens Bakes Goods
P&P Honey and Bee Products
Joia Food Farm
Grand View Beef
Katie Casey Designs Plants & Wreaths
Coco Roo Naturals Lotions
Brown Family Bakes Goods
Lake Theatre Popcorn
Apothecary Bath Body Products
Trades of Hope Fair Trade Gifts
Lost Lake Farms Artisanal Cheese
Sarah’s Sweet & Treats
Journey Health Center
Art on the Plaza
Also on the sidewalk by Simply Nourished will be:
The Chocolate Season
Seriously, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up that extra-special gift for Christmas! I know I have a few people on my list I’ll be able to cross off after Saturday. Hooray!
For a complete listing of the Chamber’s Events for Christmas by the Lake, click HERE.
I can’t wait to see you all at the Lake this weekend! It’s going to be MAGICAL.