‘Tis the Season: Holiday Activities Around the Community

Thanksgiving is over and the official look toward Christmas is here.  There are lots of events happening in December to put you in the spirit of the holidays.  Continue reading for some of the major events happening throughout the community.

Parade Preparation
Last week a group of elves were busy at Unity High School preparing bags of goodies for the Sweet Tooth Jubilee.  Unity students and Chamber volunteers worked on filling 2,400 bags to be handed out just before the upcoming Christmas parade.  Fifteen minutes before the kickoff of the parade middle school and high school Interact students will be handing out bags to kids along the parade route.  Some of the bags will also contain Lowell Bucks so make sure you take a look to see if your family receives a special surprise.

Welcoming Santa
The month will kick off with as Santa returns to Lowell on December 1.  Visit him on the Riverwalk from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. A pancake supper at Recreation Park will take place from 4pm – 6pm, with Santa eating between 4:45pm – 5:45pm.  Finally, watch the annual nighttime Christmas Parade with a theme of Songs of Christmas, beginning at 6pm.

The Rogue River Artisans Market will take place once again at Lowell High School from 9am – 4pm.  Businesses in the downtown district will be offering festive products and specials throughout the day.  Many will remain open through the end of the parade.

An Evening of Cheer
A Nite of Christmas Cheer takes place on Friday, December 7 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Activities on the Riverwalk, sponsored by local businesses and organizations, will include roasted chestnuts, horse and carriage rides, hot cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa, and more.  Additionally, Santa will be on the Riverwalk for visits Wednesday December 5, 12, and 19 from 5:30pm – 7pm and Saturday December 8, 15, and 22 from 10:30am – 1:00pm.

Artists Market
Stop by LowellArts to visit their Holiday Artists Market.  Over 50 area artists have artwork and other handmade items for sale.  The market is open Tues-Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  

Wittenbach Luminary Hike
The tradition at the Wittenbach Wege Center continues this year.  After a smashing success last year, an additional night of hiking has been added.  Friday, December 7 between 6pm and 9pm is Date Night. Anyone is welcome to hike the lighted trails, but there will not be any additional activities.  Saturday, December 8 between 5pm and 9pm is Family Night. Lighted trails will help visitors meander through the woods. A warm fire will await visitors at the cabin.  At the main building, warm up with hot chocolate and crafts for kids. Each night a suggested $2/person donation is appreciated. Hot chocolate on Saturday is available for $1.  

Visitors will also be able to purchase Wittenbach Wege Luminary Hike t-shirts ($15/each – cash or check).  Proceeds from sales will help support the numerous educational programs the center offers throughout the year.  For more information or to volunteer, email [email protected] or call 616-987-2565.

High School Play
The Lowell High School Drama Department will present “The North Pole’s Got Talent” in mid-December.  See what happens when St. Nick, Mrs. Claus, and Ruby the Red-Lipped Reindeer judge a talent show. Students all of the Lowell Area Schools elementary buildings have been invited to be some of the extras during a portion of the show.  The show opens Thursday, December 13 at 7:00pm. Additional shows are Friday, December 14 at 7:00pm and Saturday, December 15 at 10:30am.

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