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Guide through holiday parades

Four area communities plan special events

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published Nov. 28, 2007, 11:08 a.m.)

A toy soldier marches in the Elkhorn Christmas parade.

Beginning tomorrow, Walworth County’s communities kick off full steam ahead for a season of special memories, shopping and dining in towns all around the county.

   Elkhorn and Whitewater continue their annual tradition of lighted Christmas parades. Lake Geneva continues their lighting ceremonies, illuminating city epicenters and special holiday locations. And Sharon is again planning their Christmas celebration of all celebrations with their citywide living-museum-style Victorian Christmas.

To keep your busy holiday calendars in order, here is a complete rundown of all of our area’s upcoming holiday community special events.

Whitewater

Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2—Whitewater has put together an entire weekend of special events to kick off the season beginning Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. with the Christmas Parade down Main Street and ending Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. with a live nativity reenactment at Cravath Lakefront Park.

All day long Dec. 2, merchants all around town, including the rural Fuzzy Pig, are offering open houses, special sales, gift ideas and give-aways—featuring free gift certificates and a quilting workshop at Woodland Quilts. For more information, call 473-4005 or visit ww.whitewaterchamber.com.

Lake Geneva

Nov. 30-Dec. 2—Open houses and musicals in downtown shops; special holiday dishes at restaurants; live entertainment by local school bands, choruses and local Brownie troops; horse-drawn carriage rides; and take a walk with Father Christmas and his reindeer all weekend long.

Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.—Christmas parade through downtown. Beginning at 6 p.m. renowned author and playwright John Powers will read The Polar Express, at Caribou Coffee, 883 Main St., Lake Geneva. Following the reading is the tree lighting ceremony at Riviera Park.

Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.—Performers from the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa’s Christmas musical will entertain shoppers with “Hooray for the Holiday!” and the Main Street Players present scenes from “Scrooge” in downtown shops all afternoon. For more information call 248-4448 or visit www.lakegenevawi.com.

Elkhorn

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m.—Elkhorn’s Christmas Card Town Parade, this year themed “A Giving Christmas,” is a long-time Elkhorn tradition. Last year 140 brightly illuminated floats, horse drawn wagons, bands, clowns, antique autos and colorful marching groups marched the downtown streets of town vying for prizes awarded by a panel of judges.

Stores and restaurants fill the rest of the day with special sales, gift ideas and give-aways. For more information, call the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce at 723-5788 or visit www.elkhorn-wi.org.

Sharon's Victorian Christmas celebration will be Friday, Dec. 7.

Sharon

Sharon’s Victorian Christmas Evening is Friday, Dec. 7,

6-9 p.m. Known as one of the area’s most historical outside events, come to Sharon and step back in time to relive a Victorian Christmas. Townsfolk in their Victorian finery; time period entertainment including a magician, bell ringers, musical entertainment, strolling carolers and Victorian dancers; unique eateries featuring roasted chestnuts, the soup wagon, wassail, spiced cider, the Kettle Corn Man, main courses foods and homemade Victorian sweets; old time photos with a Victorian Santa; artisans selling their wares; fireworks; and horse-drawn carriage rides. For more information, call 736-6246 or visit www.sharonmainstreet.com

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