Christmas by the Lake

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An Amazing Holiday Festival

Dates: December 4 – 5, 2021
Event Description: Saturday’s events include horse drawn carriage and Main Street Trolley rides, a craft show, the crowning of prince and princess, a petting zoo and pony rides, a chili cook-off, s’mores for kids, Christmas Karaoke, special entertainment at the Arts Center, a visit with Santa, a matinee at the Lake Theatre, strolling Dickens characters, a lighted parade, and fireworks over the frozen lake.

Clear Lake’s Christmas by the Lake has won several tourism awards for best holiday festival!

Christmas by the Lake Logo

Saturday event schedule:

Holiday Bazaar & Vendor Market 9am-3pm
Clear Lake Middle School (1601 3rd Ave N)
There will be donuts and coffee in the morning and a sloppy joe meal deal for $5 in the afternoon. Proceeds go to the 2022 Washington D.C. school trip.
There will also be a bake sale and door prizes.

Storytime & Craft 10:30am & 11:30am
Clear Lake Public Library
Enjoy a story and craft. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Crowning of Prince & Princess 11am
Clear Lake Bank & Trust
Registration for the Prince & Princess Contest coming soon

Family Matinee 11am
Lake Theatre
Free matinee TBA, donations to the food bank will be accepted.

Simply Nourished Outdoor Christmas Market 11am-3pm
N 3rd St (along City Park)

Pony Rides & Petting Zoo 11:30am-3:30pm
City Park

Free s’mores & Christmas Karaoke 1-4pm
400 Block of Main Avenue

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1-4pm & 6-7pm
Santa’s House in City Park

FSB Warming House 1-4pm
Farmers State Bank
Enjoy warm drinks & popcorn inside FSB (210 1st Ave N)

Santa’s Workshop 1:30-4pm
Lakeview Room in City Park
Crafts, magic show, and children’s entertainment.

Horse Drawn Sleigh & Carriage Rides 2-4:30pm
Boarding locations: Wilcox Furniture and Ge-Jo’s

Strolling Dickens Characters 2-5pm
Main Avenue & Downtown
Victorian characters sing and mingle with the crowd.

Lighted Parade and Spectacular Fireworks Finale over the lake begin at 5:07pm
Parade begins at 8th & Main and will travel down Main Avenue and N Lakeview Drive.
Fireworks display will begin after the parade.

Christmas with the Rollaz: Doors open at 7pm
Surf Ballroom
Catch the holiday spirit at the Surf with the Holy Rocka Rollaz! Hear all of your favorites with a rock n’ roll twist.
Tickets are $17 advance, $22 at the door and can be purchased at

The weekend of holiday fun also includes One Vision’s Festival of Trees.

Sunday event schedule:

Family Matinee 11am
Lake Theatre
Free matinee TBA, donations to the food bank will be accepted.

Polar Bear Dip for Charity 12:30pm
City Beach
Stay tuned for registration details!

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1-4pm
Santa’s House in City Park


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Christmas Parade Aerial Photo by Chris Barragy
Christmas Parade Float Photo by Whitney Hill
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