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

Friday event schedule:

One Vision Festival of Trees 5pm-8pm
Opening Night Merry & Bright Gala, an evening filled with beautifully decorated trees to purchase, live music, appetizers, dessert & cash bar.

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.

“The Christmas Story” Indoor Nativity Scene Displays 9am-4pm
Clear Lake Regular Baptist Church
Enjoy free cookies, cocoa, & coffee

One Vision’s Festival of Trees 9am-1pm
Visit with Santa with a photo opportunity and drop your letter in a North Pole mailbox and receive a special gift.
Visit our tree room and take home some beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, baskets, and more.

Storywalk® Around the Block & Take-Home Craft
Clear Lake Public Library
The Storywalk® will be posted December 3rd-5th, check back for details!

Pizza & Photos with the Grinch & Cindy Lou Who 10am-3pm
Lakeview Room
Clear Lake Dance Team Fundraiser

BINGO 11am-3pm
C.A.R.E.S. Fundraiser

Crowning of Prince & Princess 11am
Clear Lake Bank & Trust
Click here for .pdf registration for the Prince & Princess Contest

Family Matinee 11am
Lake Theatre
“The Grinch” (2018 animated version).
Free admission with a donation to the food bank (cash or non-perishable items).

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

Petting Zoo 11:30am-3:30pm
City Park

Christmas Karaoke 1-4pm
400 Block of Main Avenue

Zion Dock Activities 1-4pm
400 Block of Main Avenue
Outdoors (on Main Avenue): Free S’mores, mini donuts (proceeds going to local missions)
Dock (access from Main Avenue): inflatables, photo booth, warming house with hot cocoa & coffee,
reading of a Christmas story (every 30 minutes)
Blackbox (enter on N 5th St): Christmas carnival games, A Charlie Brown Christmas (every 30 minutes)
Gym (Blackbox entrance, N 5th St): Kid’s escape room
Hub (Blackbox entrance, N 5th St): Cookie decorating

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)

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.

Zion Dock Refreshments 5-5:30pm
Outdoors (access from Main Avenue) hot cocoa & popcorn

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.
Click here for the Parade Application.

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

Sunday event schedule:

Family Matinee 11am
Lake Theatre
“The Grinch” (2018 animated version).
Free admission with a donation to the food bank (cash or non-perishable items).

Polar Bear Plunge presented by Clear Lake Jaycees 12:30pm
City Beach
Click here to register!
12pm: Arrival/Check-in/Registration
12:30pm: Plungers take the plunge!
1pm: Warming Party at Tap’d with live music
Funds raised will go to Toys for Tots and the Clear Lake Children & Families in Need Fund

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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