Trimming the tree

Christmas in the City event begins Sunday afternoon

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Local volunteers worked with the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce to put up the Christmas tree downtown at Availa Bank Plaza Thursday afternoon. Thanks to many helping hands, the tree was up in a matter of minutes. The 25-foot tree, purchased by the chamber from Stonycreek Landscapes, was set up in preparation for Christmas in the City, which is Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. downtown.

Community members that stroll down Second Street today will notice a newly-placed Christmas tree at Availa Bank Plaza. The 25-foot tall tree was put up on Thursday afternoon thanks to the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and local volunteers.

With the tree now in place, this means Christmas in the City is almost here. Christmas in the City will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3 downtown.

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.”

Participating stores will be open from noon until 5 p.m. with holiday specials, according to 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