The Taste of Christmas at Spencer Lake will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Spencer Lake Christian Center, N1385 County Road E, five miles south of Waupaca.
Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with the children.
Entertainment includes performances by the Justmann Band and the Waupaca madrigals. And classic holiday movies will be shown throughout the day.
The day’s activities include a live Nativity, carriage and sleigh rides, ornament and gingerbread house making, holiday specials from area merchants, and seasonal treats from local restaurants and vendors.
An outdoor ice skating rink will be open, and a children’s story corner is planned.
The Candlelight Christmas story is slated for 8 p.m. Visitors will be given candles as they make their way into the auditorium. Then, as the Christmas story is read, a live Nativity scene will be created on the stage.
“We are excited to see several pieces coming together as word gets out across the community. For example, the annual Lunch with Santa hosted by Churny Kraft is being rolled into our event,” said Bill Pimpo, the camp administrator at Spencer Lake. “Lunch with Santa drew over 700 people last year and was just three hours long. The Taste of Christmas event will be all day. Based on having a longer event along with the other things we have planned, we think a couple thousand people will be coming throughout the day to enjoy the Taste of Christmas this year.”
Pimpo said the staff at Spencer Lake hopes that enough families come out this year and that the event becomes a new Christmas tradition for the Waupaca area.
“We are hoping to get a lot of people engaged in the event with various opportunities we have made available. Whether it’s being part of the tree decorating contest, baking for the Hometown Bake Sale, being a food or merchant vendor, participating in the silent auction, caroling during day, decorating part of Christmas Lane, volunteering during the day, providing supplies or being a sponsor, there are ways anyone can be a part of making this a huge success,” Pimpo said.
For more information, call 715-258-5707.