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Brothers Andrew Keenan, left, and Lance Keenan enjoy a meeting and photo opportunity with Santa Claus at Sterling Drug On Main during Christmas in the Southwest last year. Herald file photo

Starting off the season


hamber members throughout the community invite you and your family to join them for an old fashioned celebration of the holiday season, Christmas in the City. Executive Director, Now entering its 23rd year, ChristChamber of Commerce mas in the City has grown from a single event in downtown Austin to three major events and dozens of others visits with Santa, fishing with the Austin Bruins, holiday crafts and decothroughout the holiday season. More than 70 Chamber member busi- rating, animal displays (including nesses and organizations will partici- Santa’s reindeer in training), and more. pate in the major events — downtown Register for prizes throughout the area, Kickoff, Christmas in the NW and and stop by Oak Park Mall at 7:45 p.m. for the holiday drawing. Christmas in the SW — while Christmas in the SW feadozens more are featured inditures 25 businesses located vidually in the 2011 Christmas along Oakland and First Avin the City calendar of events. enue, near the Sterling The calendar, published and Shopping Center, 4 to 7 p.m. promoted by the Chamber, covThursday, Dec. 1. Stores ers a series of holiday events from Walgreens to Berg’s and activities from the day Nursery feature holiday after Thanksgiving through December. Year’s of Christmas in decorating, sleigh rides, a petting zoo, visits with Events begin in the area the City Santa, wine and cheese tastthat started it all, downtown ing, and more. Stop by SterAustin, with the Christmas in ling State Bank for live the City Kickoff, 6 to 8 p.m. Friperformances by Austin’s day, Nov. 25. Children are inChamber member Big Band and the Just for vited to join Santa Claus, the businesses or Kix Dancers, as well as CorAustinaires and a host of holiorganizations nerstone Church for live day characters for a Christmas participating. music by Denny Charnecki, parade followed by the holiday Amanda Corey and other lighting ceremony. Sleigh local musicians. rides, train rides, musical enTwenty-nine other holitertainment and, of course, Organizations will offer day events are featured on free photos with Santa Claus treats and in-store the Christmas in the City will be provided throughout specials. calendar, including Christthe evening. Holiday treats, mas in the County, organprizes and in-store specials will be offered at 25 participating busi- ized by the Mower County Historical nesses. The Austin Jaycees will host a Society, and the 13th annual Holiday Open House and Indoor Used Care Sale “Chili Challenge” during the Kickoff and the Paramount Theatre will feature at Holiday Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep. A comthe Jane Taylor Academy of Dance plete list of all events is posted on the website at Christmas Show, following events down- Chamber’s town. Happy holidays to all, and thanks for Retailers in the 18th Avenue NW area will celebrate Christmas in the NW, 4:30 supporting those who support our comto 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Twenty- munity, Chamber member businesses. three stores will participate, this year. Buy Mower, Grow Mower! Activities include sleigh and train rides,

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH • 4:30-7:30PM Celebrate the holidays at 25 stores along and near 18th Ave. NW. Photos with Santa, Santa's live reindeer, face painting, holiday decorating, sleigh rides and more. Drawing for prizes at 7:45 in Oak Park Mall.

Christmas in the Southwest

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST • 4:00-7PM Sterling Shopping Center area stores host open houses, horse-drawn sleigh rides, free photos, gifts from Santa, Just for Kix dancers, refreshments and more. for complete listings

Holiday Events throughout the season




• Now - Dec. 31: A Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Show, the Austin Area Art Center will be having its annual art and craft sale. Open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. • Nov. 19-20: The Hardy Geranium, Holiday Open House. Free cider and cookies. • Nov. 19-20: Berg’s Nursery, Annual open house. Free cookies and cider; come and take a holiday family photo in the holiday vignette. Santa will be there from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. (Don’t forget a camera.) • Nov. 25: Community Bank, Enjoy holiday treats and warm cider at the main street office from noon to 5 p.m. • Nov. 25-27: Berg’s Nursery. • Dec. 3: Holiday Dodge Chrysler Jeep Open House & Indoor Used Car Sale, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Interstate 90 and West Oakland Ave. Be entertained by the holiday sounds of the Austin Big Band and enjoy hot dogs and chili. • Dec. 3, 10, 17: The Brickhouse Christmas Tea’s. • Dec. 4: Austin’s “Merry Tuba Christmas” 2011, Merry Tuba Christmas celebrates its 38th anniversary. Players of the tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphoniums will perform Christmas carols to kickoff the holiday season starting at 1 p.m., Center Court at Oak Park Mall. • Nov. 26: Historic Paramount • Dec. 4: Fourth Annual Holiday Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Katie McMahon Tour of Homes, hosted by the returns with her beloved Christmas Mower County Chapter of the program. The original soloist of American Red Cross, 1 to 6 p.m. “Riverdance” sings and plays the • Dec. 3-4: Berg’s Nursery, 1 to 4 harp backed by a Celtic band and p.m., Kids can decorate their own Irish style dancers. ornament. • Dec. 1: Historic Paramount • Dec. 6: First Farmers & Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Whitesidewalls. Merchants State Bank Austin The band plays rock ’n‘ roll from Holiday Open House, 8 a.m. – 4 1954 through 1964. p.m. Coffee, hot apple cider and • Dec. 10: Historic Paramount other holiday goodies. Theatre, 7 p.m.., A Deer Camp • Dec. 6 and 13: Simplified Christmas Holy Bells. Technology’s, Tech Tuesdays, 4 - 8 • Dec. 11: Historic Paramount p.m. Holiday treats and Theatre, 7 p.m., “Lucia Fest.” A refreshments for all. memorial performance honoring • Dec. 9: Accentra CU Open House, Darren M. Lewis. Jane Taylor 1 - 5 p.m. Stop in and enjoy our Academy of Dance Christmas Show. display of nativity scenes and • Dec. 16: Hormel Historic Home holiday flavored ice cream. and Historic Paramount Theatre, • Dec. 10: Village Co-op Open “Radio Holly Days” dinner and show. House, 1 - 4 p.m., Enjoy music and refreshments and visit some of homes. • Dec. 10: YMCA, Parents Night Out, 5-9 p.m. Parents treat themselves to an evening out while their children enjoy games and crafts. Bring a sack lunch, snacks provided. • Dec. 13: First Farmers & Merchants State Bank Brownsdale Holiday Open House, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Coffee, hot apple cider and other holiday goodies. • Dec. 15: US Bank Open House, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Coffee, hot apple cider and other holiday goodies. • Dec. 15: Home Federal Savings Bank Open House, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Annual holiday open house with hot apple cider, coffee and holiday cookies. • Dec. 17: YMCA, Christmas family Fun night. Enjoy the YMCA from 6 to 8:45 p.m. • Dec. 21: The Cedars of Austin Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Serving a variety of bars, hot apple cider and a holiday punch. Register to win one of three hams to be given away.

Christmas in the City

Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Christmas in the City



KICKOFF ACTIVITIES 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25

• Holiday Parade with Santa: Meet at 5:45 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge (First Ave. NW and Main St.) • Free Photos with Santa located in the Town Center Building and candy cane treats for kids. • Fresh baked cookies while kids wait in line to see Santa provided by the elves from the Cedars of Austin. • Live entertainment on stage, including the Austinaires, Taylor Bliese and emcee Paul Pruitt. • Horse-drawn sleigh rides. • Captain Kirby Train Rides. • Musical entertainment in Town Center including the Ecumenical Bell Ensemble, The North Star Brass Quartet, The Cedar River Strings and the magic of Jim Jayes. • Free hot chocolate and cheese samples served by Mower County Dairy Princesses in the Martial Arts building. • Free face painting by Matchbox Theatre located in the Martial Arts building. • Relay for Life will sell $5 luminaries along with treats for the kids and other activities in the Martial Arts building. • Christmas at the Paramount Theatre will take place at 7:30 p.m. with Jane Taylor Academy of Dance “Christmas Show” with scenes from the Nutcracker Suite. • Merry Elf, a magical, colorful personality will light up the downtown area from 6 to 8 p.m. handing out treats to children. • Jaycees Christmas for kids, cash and prizes for the top winning chili recipes. Event at Hill, Larson, Walth & Benda office.

Participating businesses

• Donut Connection: Stop in for a free scoop of cinnamon ice cream. Register for an in-store drawing of gift certificates. • B&J Bar & Grill: Free Smores served outside. • Twice is Nice • Evenson’s Hallmark: Stop in for treats. • Bendixen Jewelry: Warm up with apple cider and Christmas treats. • Coffee House on Main: Stop in and warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. • Piggy Blues BBQ: Free sample of gelato (Italian ice

Lexi Guiney waves to family during a ride on Kaptain Kirby's train ride last year during Christmas in the City Northwest. Herald file photo

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY November 25 OPEN HOUSE Friday, 6:00-8:00pm Come see the Live Models In The Store Window! Hot Cider, Donut Holes from Donut Connection.

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Santa Claus leads the parade down Main Street to eventually light the downtown decorations during Christmas in the City last year. Herald file photo

cream) and register for prizes, $100 in chamber bucks, $100 Piggy Blues gift card or $100 certificate from Healing Palms spa. • Novades Crystal: Come in and enjoy a cup of “ponche.” • Lou’s Forever Framing: Decorate a free photo mat for a picture with Santa. • Healing Palms Spa: Offering homemade fudge and hot apple cider. There will be free activities for all. • Belles & Beaus: Watch live models, enjoy free hot cider and donut holes from Donut Connection. • Ooh La La Handbags & Accessories: Open until 8:30 p.m. with door prizes each hour. Santa’s helper will be out front with candy canes for all. • Innovision Eyecare: Stop in for cookies, cider and coffee. • Philomathian Religious Books & Gifts. Open House with sweet treats. • Austin Fire Department: (across from Rydjor Bike) Ladder unit 308 will be there along with “Sparky.” Also watch fire safety demonstrations. • ViDeyo Arts: Web-Video Postcards; visitors can come into the studio for a quick, fun, video postcard to use on Facebook or YouTube. • El Mariachi’s: Christmas treats for kids.

• Rydjor Bike: Serving hot apple cider and kids can come in and decorate their own sugar cookie. $100 gift card drawing to take place at 7:30 p.m. Must be present to win. • Hastings Shoe Store: Open house with refreshments. • Flaherty Paint: Holiday open house and holiday treats and prize drawings. • Refurnish - 2nd Hand Furniture: Open House and holiday treats. • Bell Liquor: Sign up to win gift certificates. • The Salvation Army: A taste of Christmas from days of old time costumes and popcorn garland stringing along with snacks.




Christmas in the City Christmas in the Northwest

4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 18th Avenue (mall area)

• Usem Chevrolet: Decorate a holiday card. • AmericInn: Kids come fishing with the Bruins players. Live Christmas carols. Cookies and juice for everyone. • Hy-Vee: Christmas cookie decorating. • Culver’s Restaurant: “Live” Reindeer that came all the way from the North Pole. • Games People Play: Holiday face painting and homemade doughnuts. • Dolan’s Landscape Center, Inc.: Making pinecone bird feeders. Bring the whole family for holiday photos by our fireplace display and enjoy cider and cookies. Kevin Klouse takes Brianna Klouse, standing, Alysaa Klouse and • Community Bank: Captain Kirby train rides for all Kory Klouse, behind Kevin, to see the reindeer last year at Cul- children, hot chocolate and treats for everyone. ver’s as part of Christmas in the Northwest. Herald file photo • Walmart: Kids make their own Christmas ornament.

Christmas in the Southwest 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Sterling Shopping Center and surrounding area

• Dairy Queen: Stop in for some cake, hot chocolate and a holiday treat. • Sterling Drug Main Street: Free picture with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. All children will receive a gift from Santa. • Cellular Connections: Check out new location while enjoying coffee, hot chocolate and candy canes. • Cornerstone Church: Candy Cane Walk, crafts, face painting, Christmas snacks and drinks, and live music by Denny Charnecki, Visitors to Christmas in the Southwest take part in a horse-drawn carriage ride in front of Sterling State Bank. Herald file photo

Amanda Corey and other local musicians. • Bursch Travel, Inc: Stop in for some fresh popcorn. • Moline Awards & Engraving: Come through the alley to decorate an edible gingerbread cookie. • T.G.I. Freitags Rent to Own: Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies while the children enjoy jumping around in the Jumping Balloon. • D&G Ace Hardware: Enjoy cookies and apple cider. • Sterling State Bank: Enjoy sleigh rides in the parking. Face painting and Christmas crafts inside. Also, enjoy performances from the Austin Big Band, playing a variety of holiday music from 5 to 6 p.m. Just For Kix Dancers at 6 p.m. Also, enjoy hot or cold cider and holiday treats.


• Stadheim Jewelers: Christmas jewelry crafting. • Applebee’s: Get a picture taken with Santa. • Edward Jones: Refreshments. Register for door prizes. • Austin Tobacco: Open house. Christmas treats and refreshments available to all. • Quizno’s Sub: Free kids cookies, children younger than 12. • Great Clips: Tattoo bar and treats. • Quick Care: Austin’s convenient care clinic will offer Christmas mice making. Kids can make their own mouse and enjoy punch and doughnuts. • Staples: Christmas ornament decorating. • Arby’s: Visit Bubbles the Clown. • Wendy’s: Fix and mix a frosty, fake tattoo’s, hot chocolate, candy canes. Register to win a boys and girls bike and a laptop for an adult. • KFC/Long John Silvers: Kids can make reindeer food, coloring sheets and more. Free candy canes to all. • Shopko: Apple cider, Christmas candy, cookies and crafts for children. • Maurices: Kids make a Christmas ornament.

• Sterling Café • Elrod, Green & Hyland, DDS: Starting at 5 p.m. children can come by to enter a coloring contest for prizes. Hot chocolate and cookies are also available and free toothbrushes. • Berg’s Nursery: Come at 5 p.m. and check out barnyard friends at the petting zoo. Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies. • Apollo Liquor: Come in for wine and

cheese tasting. • Apollo Superette: Stop by for some Hawaiian shaved ice tropical Snow samples. • Walgreen’s: Kids can enjoy getting their picture taken with Santa. • McDonalds Restaurant: (0n Oakland), Come enjoy treats and sing carols with Ronald McDonald.

Christmas in the City  
Christmas in the City  

Christmas in the City events in Austin, Minnesota and Mower County.