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CLEAR LAKE | Hundreds of area families took advantage of a jam-packed day of holiday fun during the annual Christmas by the Lake Saturday afternoon in Clear Lake.

The event — in its 22nd year — offered a variety of free activities for children and adults alike to enjoy, including horse-drawn carriage and Main Street Trolley rides, a petting zoo, a craft show, s’mores, Christmas Karaoke, a free matinee showing of “Elf” at the Lake Theatre, strolling Dickens characters and a Visit with Santa in City Park.

Saturday’s activities concluded with the Lighted Christmas by the Lake Parade and fireworks over the lake.

Christmas by the Lake, which is hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and organized by a 15-person committee, will continue Sunday with the Polar Bar Dip at 12:30 p.m. at City Beach, Kids Treasure Hunt at 1 p.m. at the Lakeview Room for children 12 and younger, and a free family matinee of “Elf” at 11 a.m. at the Lake Theatre.

The festivities will end with the NordKor Children’s Choir Concert and Messiah Sing-along at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Clear Lake.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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