CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake community welcomes thousands of visitors to its 22nd annual Christmas By The Lake celebration Dec. 2-4.
It’s the place to be for fellowship, festivities, music, food, games, movies, carriage rides, the lighted Christmas parade and fireworks display.
The Santa’s Workshop Festival at the Clear Lake Arts Center will expand. The indoor version of the festivities will include new performers, games and crafts-making, and a balloon-maker from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The headliners will be the Burgardt sisters from Britt, appearing as Anna and Elsa of the movie “Frozen” in a “photo op” setting for children. They will be next to the Creative Kids room.
Also new this year is Queen Victoria’s tea party, where kids can visit with “her majesty” and play games in the parlor.
In the auditorium, the much-heralded “Punch & Judy Show” by Jester Puppets will return after a two-year absence. Younger children gather in front of an authentic Olde England mini-theater booth and shout at the shenanigans of the naughty Punch.
The Steampunk Twins return with a new comedy skit, “Sherlock’s Elves.” Kids from the audience will join the action on the stage.
Merlyn Majik Co. from Omaha brings amazing illusions in the character of Bob Cratchit as well as comedy with audience participation.
Comic emcee Gilbert O’Sullivan will offer musical sing-alongs and his candy-toss cavalcade.
The schedule for the rotating acts in the auditorium will be listed on poster boards near the Arts Center entrances.
The performers on Main Street include the premiere appearance by The Langer’s Ball music duo from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The Faerie Snow Queen and Russian Ice Princess will make their rounds. Father Christmas from “A Christmas Carol” and Queen Victoria will join the Steampunk Twins, other minstrels and costumed characters on the Main Street stroll until the parade.
CLEAR LAKE — The 21st annual Festival of Trees will be Dec. 1-4 at Opportunity Village in Cl…
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
Opportunity Village Festival of Trees opening night, 5-8 p.m. Appetizers, desserts and coffees. Admission, $25.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
Opportunity Village Festival of Trees. Tree display, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., $2. “Breakfast with Santa,” 8-11 a.m., $8 adults, $5 ages 5 and under; “Secret Shop for Little Folks” (all items priced between $3-$8) and “Santa’s Workshop of Children’s Activities,” 8 a.m.-1 p.m., “Santa Pictures,” $3.
Crowning of Prince and Princess, ages 3-5, 11 a.m., Clear Lake Bank & Trust
Children’s Petting Zoo, noon-4 p.m., City Park (sponsor, Alliant Energy)
Holiday Bazaar, bake sale, luncheon, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Senior Citizen’s Center
United Methodist Church: Cookie walk and crafts, coffee and cinnamon rolls, 8:30 a.m.; soup and sandwich lunch with pie, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Main Street Trolley rides, 1-4 p.m. (sponsored, Kingland Systems)
Visit with Santa, Santa House at City Park, 1-4 p.m., 6-7 p.m.
S’mores for kids, 1 p.m., 400 block of Main Avenue
Christmas karaoke, 1-4 p.m., 400 block of Main Avenue
Professor Von Air Extraordinaire, 1-4 p.m., Clear Lake Arts Center.
Storytime and crafts for children ages 3-6, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N. Fourth St.
Strolling Dickens characters, 2-5 p.m., Main Avenue (sponsor, Globe Gazette)
Santa’s Workshop Festival, 1-3:30 p.m., Clear Lake Arts Center. Ornament making and crafts (sponsor, Clear Lake Noon Lions); indoor activities for youngsters including performances by Dickens characters, magicians, puppeteers, face painters, jugglers and sing-alongs (sponsor, Teamquest)
Horse-drawn carriage rides, 2-4:30 p.m.(sponsor, Farmers State Bank); boarding at Ge-Jo’s By the Lake
Free matinee, Lake Theatre, Secret Life of Pets, 11 a.m. (Donations to Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank accepted)
Horse-drawn sleigh rides, 2-4:30 p.m. (sponsor, Dean Snyder Construction); boarding at Wilcox Furniture
Lighted Christmas Parade, 5 p.m., Main Avenue
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The music of Vince Guaraldi and the Peanuts, 6 p.m., Surf Ballroom, with the Donovan Johnson Band and special guest Louis Colaiannia. Baked potato soup and salads included. Tickets, $20 advance, $25 at the door. Children ages 12 and under are half price. www.surfballroom.com or 641-357-6151.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
Opportunity Village Festival of Trees: tree display, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Cookie walk, 11 a.m. Admission, $2
Polar Bear Club: Take a Dip for Charity, 12:30 p.m., City Beach
Visit Santa at Santa’s House, 1-4 p.m., City Park
Free matinee, Lake Theatre, Secret Life of Pets, 1 p.m. (donations to the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank)
Treasure Hunt, 1 p.m., Lakeview Room, Band shell, 12 and under (sponsor, The Other Place)