St. Joseph Residence Auxiliary will host a Love Light Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Division St. entrance of the nursing home.
Mayor Gary Henke will light the tree and the New London High School Band will provide holiday music. St. Joseph residents will enjoy a holiday reception while those who rough the seasonal cold weather are welcome to follow the school bus to New London Area Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday of Wonder parade in downtown New London. The band will reassemble on Wisconsin St. and perform more music for the community as they lead the parade down North Water Street to St. John’s Street to disengage behind First State Bank.
The parade has over 25 entries this year! Crowd favorites include the Madrigal singers from Waupaca, Emanuel Lutheran’s Live Nativity, R Sports 4 U holiday characters, the Rendezvous buck skinners, a Fire On Ice float from Weyauwega, and girls ribbon dancing. Others to watch for include the Cub Scouts, Build-A-Bear, and 10 other new entries.
After the parade, join the live nativity in Taft Park for Christmas Carols and the true story of Christmas.
Simply Herbs, 216 W. North Water St. will display gingerbread houses from 5 – 9 p.m. and houses may also be viewed all weekend through the windows. Houses are judged in two categories: adult and kids (12 and under). Look for crafts and cookie decorating at the Wolf River Stars building. A $1 holiday movie starts at 9 p.m. in the Grand Theatre.
Everlasting Moments Photography on the corner of Pearl St. and Wolf River Avenue (kitty corner from the post office) will host a Story time with the Elves at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Children can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate as they listen to the elves tell Christmas stories. There might even be a surprise visitor. Optional photos will be available. Call Stephanie at 715-701-0044.
Most Precious Blood Home and School Association will host a Breakfast with Santa in the Most Precious Blood School Gym from 8 a.m. – 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 5. Breakfast will include baked French toast, eggs, ham, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, bakery goods, fruit cups, juice, milk, and coffee. Come and visit Santa between 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Please bring your own camera! A “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party will be ongoing from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. There will be crafts, coloring activities, and games. Additional special activities include: Group Caroling led by MPB Staff at 10:30 a.m., Storytime with Santa at 11 a.m. and Birthday cake and the video “The Crippled Lamb” at 11:15 a.m. During this event, MPB will be accepting donations of toys / gift items, which will be given to the needy temporarily residing at Fr. Carr’s Place 2B Shelter in Oshkosh. Admission is adults (11 and older) $7, children (4 to 10) $3 and children under age 3 eat free. For additional information contact MPB at 920-982-2134.