Holiday activities kick off in Belmond this weekend with the annual parade of lights on Friday night at 6:30 pm along Main Street. The theme is Christmas Around the World. Santa’s House will be open after the parade as long as it takes for children and families to visit.
La Casa de Santa will be open on Saturdays, November 26 and December 3, 10 and 17, as well as Christmas Eve, from 10 am to noon; and Friday December 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 5:30 to 7 pm
Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30-9:30 am at the elementary school. That will be followed by a children’s movie matinee at 10 a.m. at the Lyric Theater with admission as a food pantry item.
A Christmas lighting contest is also underway. Voting is from November 25 to December 19. For information, contact Belmond Growth Alliance at 641-444-3937.
The Belmond-Klemme K-2 Music Concert will be held on December 14 at 5 pm The 7-12 Band and Choir Holiday Concert will be held on December 19 at 7 pm Both events will be at the high school.
The Belmond Area Arts Council will sponsor Three Nights of Lights December 16-18 from 5-8 pm each night at the museum and farm north of town on Taylor Avenue (Luick’s Lane). There will be steam engine rides, a live nativity scene, hot cider and candy. Visitors can vote for their favorite Christmas trees.
Individuals and businesses wishing to display a themed Christmas tree at the Art Center should call Karen DeKuiper at 641-903-1404. There is a limited supply of fresh trees available, but you are welcome to use your own artificial tree.
TOUR OF HOMES
Gather your friends and family and plan to attend the 2022 Belmond Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 17. The Skate Park committee will once again host a tour of four homes to raise funds to purchase new concrete for the renovated skate park.
All tickets must be reserved in advance by calling one of the skate park committee members: Connie Mattison 515-571-3253, Dawn Barkema 515-571-2130 or Brenna Gavin 515-571-3407. Tickets are $25 per person and a limited number of tickets are available for each ride time.
All tours will start at the Sugarpie Bakery on Main Street. Payment will be collected from Sugarpie prior to each time slot. Come early for cookies and a hot drink. Tours are scheduled for 3, 4 and 5 pm and are open to ages 12 and up.
This year’s featured homes include Kevin and Callie Stein at 1317 Schmalle Circle, the new Spec home at 803 East Main Street, the Tom and Laura Heifner home at 127 Montclare Lane, and Mark and Katie Ketchum at 120 Fairway Drive. Each house will be decorated for the holidays.
Tour attendees must wear slip-on or slip-on shoes. Shoe bags will be provided as you tour each house.
Also, Santa’s House on Main Street will be open during the House Tour. Stop by after your tour and see Santa’s elves. They would love to show off Santa’s house, which will be decorated in the theme of “Christmas Around the World.” Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
In addition, tickets for the Belmond Growth Alliance Home Decorating Contest will be handed out at Sugarpie. You can drive around the city following your tour and vote for your favorite Christmas decorations.
The Belmond Area Art Council’s Three Nights of Lights will take place that Saturday night (along with Friday and Sunday).