Let the holidays begin! A Friday evening Christmas Parade will light the way.
The first Emmetsburg Lighted Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. The parade units will line up on North Broadway and travel south to 14th Street.
Glow-in-the-dark necklaces will be handed out to parade watchers to help light up the night.
"We have over 20 lighted floats," said Dan McCain, parade chairman. "It's about what we had hoped for our first year. This is a good start to a big annual event."
McCain said he presented the idea to the Emmetsburg Retail Association after watching a Christmas parade in Minneapolis.
"I thought on a smaller scale, this could be something Emmetsburg could have fun with," he said. "Then we found out a lot of towns around host holiday parades, too."
Emmetsburg Retail Association is sponsoring the Christmas Parade as a kick-off for Home For The Holidays and 25-Days of Christmas.
Following the parade, stop at Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce/Welcome Center for a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie or two. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, so bring kids and cameras.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Biblical Brass &?Beyond, a local ensemble under the direction of Terry Sorensen. Enjoy holiday music from the group of musicians playing the tuba, French horn, trumpets, saxophone, piano and drums.
Horse-drawn wagon rides will be provided by members of Pony Express. Guests will be taken on a brief tour of downtown.
Emmetsburg Retail Association will celebrate the 25 Days of Christmas with open house events at 22 businesses. At each open house their will be a stack of gifts, one from each participating ERA business. These gifts are valued at $25 or more. Guests will register during the open house, hoping to win one of the packages. Drawings will be held at each open house and winners will be notified by phone. The stack of gifts will roam from one business to another as the month progresses.
Open House will be held at: ETC on Saturday, Dec. 1; Main Street Memories Mall and More Main Street Memories Mall on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 2 and 3; St. Pat's Headquarters on Tuesday, Dec. 4; NAPA on Wednesday, Dec. 5; Hughes Pharmacy on Thursday, Dec. 6; Laurens State Bank on Friday, Dec. 7; Pizza Ranch on Saturday, Dec. 8; Food Pride on Sunday, Dec. 9; KEMB-lp on Monday, Dec. 10; Pizza Ranch on Tuesday, Dec. 11; Iowa Trust &?Savings Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 12; The Glass Shop on Thursday, Dec. 13; The Reporter & The Democrat on Friday, Dec. 14; Saxton's Greenhouse on Saturday, Dec. 15; Hardware Hank on Sunday, Dec. 16; Second Hand Thrift on Monday, Dec. 17; New Shoots on Tuesday, Dec. 18; Young's Custom Computers on Wednesday, Dec. 19; Wells Fargo on Thursday, Dec. 20; Wentzel's True Value on Friday, Dec. 21; and A Heavenly Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 22. Watch the ERA's Button Special ad for open house times.
It's not too late to participate in the ERA Shopping event. Shoppers:?save your sales receipts from purchases up through Tuesday, Dec. 4. Turn in the receipts at the Chamber Office before 4 p.m. that day. For every $10 spent in town, that shopper will have an entry to win a portion of $200 in Chamber Bucks.
Santa Buttons are still available for purchase. Weekly drawings are held for Chamber Bucks, with the final drawing Dec. 21 for a flat screen TV.