DELANO, MN The fourth annual Old-Fashioned Christmas event will transform downtown Delano Saturday, Dec. 1.
Downtown will become a shopping destination, and holiday music and activities for families will entertain visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors may browse through downtown businesses, where area artists are showing and selling their work.
They may pick up a map and schedule at the Delano City Hall at Bridge and 2nd streets, and visit each artist listed on the schedule to have it stamped. At the end of their visit, they should show their stamped schedule and enter a drawing for prizes from three of the artists. Prizes will be exhibited at the information desk at city hall.
Crafts and vendors
Crafters and home-based business vendors will be set up at the Rivertown Boutique in the gym in the community education building gym from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday décor and clothing will be featured at Love INC’s Gift and Thrift store on Railroad Avenue, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will be there until noon, and a carriage ride can return visitors to city hall.
The Delano Lions will be selling Christmas trees in the park on the corner of Bridge and 2nd streets.
Holiday music will entertain visitors, both indoors and outdoors. Church choirs will be singing carols outdoors.
Singers from Delano United Methodist Church will be performing at 11 a.m., and from Light of Christ Lutheran Church at noon.
The children’s choir of Village Evangelical Free Church will perform on city hall steps at 1 p.m.
Sound Revolution, an a cappella group from the high school, will sing carols and winter songs starting at 1:30 p.m. They will be walking throughout downtown, stopping and breaking into song.
Music ensembles from the Delano High School band will be playing indoors near the gym in the community education building from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Delano Senior Center.
Instrumentalists will begin playing at 11:30 a.m. at the Delano Senior Center, following the seniors’ musical program, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Student mixed ensembles, flute duets, woodwinds, and clarinet and trumpet ensembles will entertain throughout the early afternoon.
The bell choir from Watertown’s Trinity Lutheran Church will play at the Delano Senior Center at 1 p.m., and again at 2 p.m.
Adult and student actors dressed as characters from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be performing and interacting with visitors downtown throughout the day. The town crier will point visitors to their whereabouts.
Families will find activities for children of all ages.
The Early Childhood Family Education Teddy Bear Tea at the community education building will be ongoing from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
At the library, children can make swirled paint ornaments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
An adult must be with children at the previous two activities.
While at the library, see the art show with pieces from Delano middle and high school students.
Children can also enter a drawing for prizes if they complete the holiday hunt. Cards to be stamped by six characters in holiday costumes will be available at the information desk in city hall.
When picking up a card, view the pictures of the characters in the hunt, because they will be walking throughout downtown from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each character will be wearing an identifying badge.
Gift bags will be given to the first 200 children who stop at the information desk in city hall.
Youth as Resources (YAR) students from the high school will join other community volunteers to help visitors with locations of artists, holiday characters, and restaurants. The mission of the YAR group is to carry out service projects in the community, and foster relationships with the businesses and organizations.
Parking is available on the streets, at city hall, and across from the post office on Railroad Avenue.
This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, with money from the state’s general fund.