Herald Journal, Nov. 29, 2004
Holiday events have arrived
By Ryan Gueningsman
With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is now in full swing.
Many local communities have appearances by Santa Claus among other festivities taking place this weekend.
In Lester Prairie, the annual holiday celebration is taking place at the Lester Prairie City Hall Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Santa will make a special appearance after riding through the streets on a fire truck at 6 p.m. at the city hall to meet with children, hear their holiday wishes, and pose for photos. Goodie bags from the Lester Prairie Lions will be handed out to children.
Barbecues, hot dogs, chips, and desserts benefiting the after-prom committee are on tap for those with an appetite.
Local church and school groups will be performing various holiday selections for your listening enjoyment.
A raffle will also be taking place at the event, with prizes donated by local businesses to be given away. Tickets cost $1 and can be purchased the night of the event.
Children attending the event will also be able to participate in CAPP-sponsored arts and crafts.
Winsted’s 16th annual Winter Festival will also kick off Friday, Dec. 3 with a Cold Spring Maennerchor performance at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted.
Dinner tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available and can be purchased the night of the event. Concert time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The group will perform a variety of German and traditional holiday favorites.
Santa Claus will be back in the area Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Legion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift bags from Adult Training and Habilitation will be handed out to children. The center’s Make-A-Difference Tree will also be in place at the Legion, labeled with childrens’ names and their holiday wish.
A hot dog and barbecue lunch will be served at the Legion by the Winsted royalty from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Later on that evening, a steak, shrimp, and barbecue rib dinner will take place at the Legion at 4:30 p.m. until gone.
Christmas caroling by visiting royalty will be taking place at Linden Wood Apartments and St. Mary’s Care Center from 4 to 5 p.m.
The evening brings a lighted parade through the streets of downtown Winsted. No pre-registration is required to be in the parade.
The Mid-Minnesota Concert Band will once again favor locals with a variety of holiday selections at the Holy Trinity cafeteria, immediately following the parade.
Purchase a Winter Festival button for $2 and have a chance to win $100, $75, or $50 in Winsted Bucks. The McLeod County Food shelf will receive 50 cents of each button that is sold. Winning buttons will be drawn by parade grand marshal Mike Henrich, and will be announced at the event at Holy Trinity’s cafeteria.
Earlier in the week, the annual home lighting contest will take place Wednesday, Dec. 1. Simply have holiday lights and decorations turned on that evening to be included in the contest.
The Montrose Youth Boosters will host a Secret Santa shopping event Saturday, Dec 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montrose Community Center.
Digital photos with Santa Claus will be available for $5. The Montrose Lionness will be serving root beer floats.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and shop for parents and other family members. Gifts will range from 50 cents to $10.
The Taste of Howard Lake will take place Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9 and 10, with local businesses setting out holiday delicacies for the public to sample.