‘Tis the season

Christmas in the City is this weekend downtown

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra SOS Vintage owner Denise Smith, left, works with SOS employee Kyle West, right, to polish up their window display on Monday afternoon. SOS Vintage is one of 12 Webster City businesses participating in this year’s window decorating contest. Locals can vote for their favorite store window displays now through Sunday evening. Ballots can be found at local businesses and the chamber office. The contest is in conjunction with Christmas in the City.

Downtown Webster City will be ready for the holiday season as Christmas in the City returns on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Activities are planned for 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. that day, according to Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Christianson.

“We’re hoping the weather will be nice so everyone can come out,” Christianson said. “Bring your family for a fun afternoon.”

The stores will be open from noon until 5 p.m.

“Participating businesses will be open with holiday specials,” said Christianson.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting children on Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. at the Webster Theater where they will hear wish lists and pose for photos.

Attendees can also take in a movie while visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Webster Theater. Daddy’s Home 2 will be showing at 2 p.m.

Christmas carolers from the Webster City Middle School will provide music of the season downtown.

There will be free hot chocolate, courtesy of Fareway, and free decorated sugar cookies, courtesy of Hy-Vee, at the chamber office from noon to 5 p.m.

The lighted parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday night. Those who are interested in participating in the lighted parade can contact the chamber at (515) 832-2564. There is no cost to participate in the parade. Line up for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at West Twin Park.

“We are still taking entries, so any organization or family that would like to participate is welcome,” Christianson said.

“We just ask that the entry be lit in some way,” Christianson said. “It doesn’t have to be a truck or trailer or float, it could be people walking. Be creative.”

There is also still time to vote for your favorite downtown window display. Twelve local businesses are participating in this year’s contest. Ballots can be found at area businesses and the chamber office. Voting will conclude Sunday night.

Individuals can also vote for their favorite display on the chamber website at www.visitwebstercityiowa.com.