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Start the Holidays the Holly Jolly Way in Elkader
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Start the Holidays the Holly Jolly Way in Elkader

Holiday celebrations are steeped in traditions. These traditions are handed down from generation to generation and help us create memories that last a lifetime. This year, Main Street Elkader is delighted to be launching a new holiday tradition for the community.

Last year, an evergreen tree was planted in Founders’ Park in downtown Elkader to honor the previous Main Street Elkader Director, Roger Thomas, for his 10-year tenure. Thomas and his family were present for the first lighting of the tree last year and Main Street Elkader plans to grow the tree lighting into an annual holiday kick-off celebration.

Several fun and festive activities will take place during this year's tree lighting event, which has been dubbed the Holly Jolly Holiday Celebration. All are invited to Founders' Park in Elkader at 5:30pm to join the fun! Attendees can enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, treats and holiday music. There will also be an opportunity to make ornaments for the tree. The tree lighting will commence at 6:30pm.

Free Shop Small totes will be handed out (while supplies last) as well. Some of the totes will even contain Elkader Chamber Bucks, gift cards and other special deals from local businesses for you to use during the holiday shopping season!

Coloring sheets for the first Holly Jolly Holiday Coloring Contest will also be distributed at the event. Additional sheets will be available for pick up at the Elkader Public Library after the event as well. One winner will be chosen in each of the following age categories: 5 & under; 6-8; 9-12. Completed coloring sheets should be returned to the Elkader Public Library by Friday December 8, 2017 at noon to be entered to win.

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