Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas Walk!! Nov. 30

Dixon's 24th Annual Christmas Walk to feature annual Snowball Drop, Community Caroling, Reindeer and much more!

The 24th Annual Christmas Walk has been set for Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. This year’s event is being brought to you by Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce. The festivities kick-off as Santa will arrive in downtown Dixon at KSB Hospital at 6 p.m. for a tree lighting ceremony. The walk also features specials and give-aways at many of the downtown stores and, of course, the traditional horse-and-wagon rides will be available from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. that night.

After walking through the streets and taking in the atmosphere, families will get a chance to win a bounty of cash and prizes at the Great Snowball Drop at 7 p.m. at the corner of First and Ottawa. More than 3000 "snowballs" will drop from the sky and festival goers will get to catch a snowball for a chance at great prizes ranging from a $500 shopping spree to gift certificates to Dixon businesses. The drop will have a new and improved method of scattering the snowballs thanks to Dixon Paint Company and ACE Hardware.

"The Great Snowball Drop is the can't miss event of the night," said Josh Albrecht, DMS executive director. "It is just going to keep getting better every year. The top prize of a $500 shopping spree to the business of the winners choice will be a great prize."

There will be a limit of 3 balls per person and everyone will be able to claim their prizes the night of the event.

A new addition to this year's activities will be the chance for kids to meet a few of Santa's reindeer at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave. Festival goers will be able to get pictures taken and meet these great holiday helpers.

At 8 p.m., join the Community Christmas Caroling at the corner of First and Hennepin as a group singing of several traditional songs will be song.

All night long 50/50 raffle tickets will be available. Last year's winner took home nearly $3,500. Tickets will be available at several downtown businesses and at the Raffle Tent outside of Books on First.

Also on Friday night, check out activities like cookie decorating at C&N Supply, Hot Wheels races at Sherwin-Williams, balloon artists, and much, much  more. A full listing and details will be available online at soon.

Come back downtown on Saturday for Breakfast with Santa at the Lee County Senior Center and Post House Ballroom. There will be a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (the breakfast ends at 10:30 a.m.). Also on Saturday, the Dixon Municipal Band will hold their annual holiday concert that evening at 7 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre.

Christmas Walk Timeline of Events

Friday, Nov. 30
6 p.m. – Santa arrives at KSB Hospital (main entrance) for the official start of the Christmas Walk with a tree lighting ceremony.
6 p.m. – Shops are open and offering various treats and specials. Wagon rides begin.
7 p.m. –  Great Snowball Drop at Ottawa and First Street
8 p.m. --  Community Christmas Caroling at First and Hennepin
9 p.m.. – Christmas Walk 50/50 Raffle drawing

Saturday, Dec. 4
8 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa begins at the Post House
7 p.m. – Dixon Municipal Band Christmas Concert at the Dixon Theatre

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