Holiday events ready to roll during November
If the weather wasn’t a hint, tonight’s downtown event will be sure to remind everyone winter is approaching quickly.
With winter comes the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tonight is the official start of the holiday season in Baldwin City as the Holiday Hoopla kicks things off this year.
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Baldwin City. Many downtown shops will be open for the event with food and festivities.
“It’s a nice way to kick off the holiday season,” said Susan Baker, chamber office manager. “It’s a chance for people to come downtown and visit the businesses. It’s also a chance for someone to win some money.”
There will be a couple of ways to win some money tonight. The first is to enter the first-ever “Baldwin City Iditarod.” Those interested in competing in the event will pick up their “dogsled” at Hickory Creek Barbecue. They will then visit each checkpoint to collect a “dog” to add to their sled. They will bring their dogsleds back to the restaurant and be entered in the drawings for one of two $200 prizes.
Tonight is also the first night to purchase tool kits for the annual scavenger hunt. The kits are $5 and can be purchased at Hickory Creek tonight or at Santa Fe Market before the event ends Dec. 12. Prizes are awarded after the contest is over.
The chamber of commerce has also announced the date for the annual holiday celebration. The Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. The only requirement to enter is that your body, costume or vehicle must be decorated with lights. Santa Claus will arrive at the end of the parade and light the community Christmas tree.
At 9 a.m. that day, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission is hosting a Breakfast with Santa at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. All ages are welcome for all-you-can-eat pancakes, crafts and a picture with Santa. Advance tickets are $6 but they can be purchased at the door for $8.
The downtown businesses will be holding their annual open houses and offering refreshments at 10 a.m. that day. The Baldwin Community Arts Council will host its Holiday Arts Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Midland Railway will also be offering rides on Nov. 30 with departures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Adult (ages 12 and up) tickets are $10 with children’s tickets costing $5.
For more information or a parade entry form, contact the BCCC at 594-3200.