Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Iola


November 20, 2010 - 12:00 AM

A Hometown Holiday Celebration is being planned on Nov. 30 by the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce to usher in the Christmas season.
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with Becky French singing Christmas carols at the bandstand on the Iola square. At 6:30 the Iola square will be aglow with Christmas lights following a lighting ceremony at the bandstand.
A Santa Welcoming Parade begins at 6:35. The parade begins at the Townhouse and will turn east on Jackson and continue along the north side of the square turning south on Jefferson to drop Santa Claus off at his house where he will visit with children from 7 to 8 p.m.
Downtown businesses will remain open until 8 o’clock for holiday shoppers.
Anyone wishing to enter a float, walking entries or decorated bicycle in the parade may call the chamber at 365-5252. Children must be accompanied by an adult in the parade.
Letters to Santa may be dropped off at his house until Dec. 21. Letters should include a return address for a reply from Santa. Last year 100 letters were received and answered.
Santa will be in his house from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Volunteer elves are needed to assist Santa at his house. Anyone interested in helping Santa may call the chamber.
Registration for the Gingerbread Walk should be made by Wednesday at the chamber office, 208 W. Madison.
Gingerbread houses will be displayed from Dec. 1 to 31 in downtown store windows. Categories this year include clubs and organizations, schools, adults and children ages 12 and under.
“We are hoping the Hometown Holiday Celebration grows each year helping downtown businesses and making for a more festive atmosphere in the community. We are open to suggestions to help the celebration grow each year. Marty Meadows was especially helpful in helping me arrange this year’s festivities,” said Jana Taylor, chamber director.

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