Washington Evening Journal
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Jefferson County and surrounding counties will offer residents a plethora of holiday-themed events to attend from late November through Christmas this year.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
See the Fairfield town square come to life! The Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at Central Park in Fairfield. To kick off the illumination and subsequently the holiday season, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes this festive tradition with the lights being turned on at 6 p.m.
The Fairfield High School Choir will set the mood by singing Holiday music at 5:30 p.m. The Chamber Christmas Committee chooses one citizen, who best exemplifies the holiday spirit, and presents them with the opportunity to throw the switch to turn on the lights for the season. This citizen will be announced at 5:55 p.m. so the lights can be turned on at 6 p.m. sharp. After arriving to town as the lights come on, Santa can be found in the Santa House listening to the children share their hopes for the holiday season. There also will be horse drawn wagon rides around the square for the kids. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be handed out at the Santa House. An evening not to be missed!
Festival of Trees
On Nov. 25 and 26, the Festival of Trees at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is a must-see event where you can see, feel, and smell the holiday season. There are Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. Bid on spectacular holiday trees and wreaths created by local designers and community groups. All proceeds will benefit the Little Superheroes Foundation.
Birmingham Lions Soup Supper
On Nov. 26, enjoy various soups, desserts, and drinks at the Birmingham Lions Soup Supper. Take a free horse-drawn wagon ride and see the holiday lights around town! Hosted at 110 North Cross St. starting at 5 p.m.
All is Calm
On Nov. 29, the arts center will host “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.” Set on the Western Front of World War I, out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. Based on a true story. Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Shop & Be Merry
On Dec. 2-3, join Fairfield shops for festive sales and events. From gifts for home, grandmas, babies, and even those hard to buy for people in your life, Fairfield shops are ready to help make this holiday one of your best!
Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk
On Dec. 2, celebrate Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk on the Fairfield square with carriage rides, carolers and all the lights and sounds of the season. Begins at 6 p.m.
Festival of Trees in Van Buren
See dozens of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and tabletop trees based on the theme "Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree" on display at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua. Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Van Buren County, the trees will be purchased through a silent auction taking place throughout the weekend. There also will be several items for cash and carry. A variety of live music and refreshments will be served throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Christmas for Kids.
Times: Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 3, 9 a.m. — 8 p.m.; Dec. 4, 12-3 p.m.
Holidays At Hotel Manning
Join First Iowa State Bank and the Villages Folk School at the beautiful Hotel Manning in Keosauqua. Students will be singing carols and art will be on display. Say "hello" to Mr. & Mrs. Clause and grab a to-go gift bag of art and treats.
Time: Dec. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Polar Express Movie
Make holiday memories by watching the full-length movie "Polar Express" at this historic venue where the acoustics are amazing! Hosted by McHaffey Opera House in Eldon. Hot chocolate and goodies served after the movie at the Eldon Rocket Room Model Railroad.
Time: Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
Christmas at the Barns
On Dec. 3, celebrate Christmas at the Barns at Fairfield’s historic Maasdam Barns. Join in for some vintage holiday fun including wagon rides, St. Nicholas photos, kid's crafts, and more! Great family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gingerbread “House” Party
The American Gothic House in Eldon will host this Gingerbread “House” Party from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3.
Santa & Mrs. Claus visit Bonaparte
Santa & Mrs. Claus will read stories to children and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Each child who attends will receive a goodie bag! Held at the former school building in Bonaparte.
Time: Dec. 3, 1-3 p.m.
A Bentonsport Country Christmas
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas past! Shopkeepers will dress in period clothing and delight in helping with gift ideas. Enjoy treats and a chance to win a door prize! Drawing at 4:30 p.m. Need not be present to win. Hosted by Bentonsport Artisan Gallery at 21986 Hawk Dr.
Time: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pioneer Museum Open House and Home Driving Tour in Farmington
Visit the Pioneer Museum, and listen to Christmas music provided by ukulele players and singers. Be sure to get a map with a listing of historical homes in Farmington to take off on a self-guided tour of these "pioneer homes." Located at 205 South Fourth St., next to Casey's. Prize drawing on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. for those who have visited over the weekend.
Times: Dec. 3, Noon-4 p.m.; Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 10, Noon-4 p.m.; Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m.
Douds Community Christmas Singalong
Join this Christmas community singalong with snacks and fellowship with three Douds churches. Hosted at Zion Bible Church, 15198 Hwy 16.
Time: Dec. 4, 6 p.m.
Santa and the Reindeer come to Keosauqua
Head to the Van Buren County Fairgrounds to meet Santa, see the reindeer and share your Christmas wishes! Sponsored by Libertyville Savings Bank and A Better Way to Farm.
Time: Dec. 10, 9-11 a.m.
Stockport Soup Supper with Santa
Enjoy a Soup Supper, Basket Auction and Mr. & Mrs. Santa with goodies for the kids! Hosted at American Legion Hall in Stockport, 112 East Legion St.
Time: Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m.
Mrs. Claus at Hy-Vee
On Dec. 10, bring your letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus to Fairfield Hy-Vee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and meet Mrs. Claus in person. Enjoy a cookie with her during her visit.
A Very Electric Christmas
On Dec. 15, brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas.” Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits. Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Holiday Trade Fair
On Dec. 16-17, visit the Holiday Trade Fair at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Shop with some of the most talented makers in Southeast Iowa.
On Dec. 17-18, listen to the sounds of the season at this holiday concert at Golden Magnolia Sanctuary in Fairfield starting at 7:30 p.m.
Christmas with Santa in Bonaparte
Santa will be there to hear the children's wishes and get their photos taken. Every child in attendance also will receive a gift from Santa. Hosted at Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First St.
Time: Dec. 18, 5 p.m.
Cocoa & Caroling in Milton
Bundle up for caroling around town. Return to the church for hot cocoa and fellowship. Hosted by Milton Christian Church, 301 East Oak St.
Time: Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m.
Christmas Eve Parade
Fairfield Rotary holds its Annual Christmas Eve Parade on Dec. 24. In past years, parade participants assembled at the National Guard Armory, where they began their trek around town before finishing in Fairfield’s Central Park. The parade normally includes Santa and Mrs. Claus in the sleigh, their elves, and a team of carolers. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children in their sleigh, providing them with goodie bags and hearing what they want for Christmas.
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