Bright lights and the big city.
The holiday season is upon us, and “there’s no place like Creston for the holidays.”
Kicking off Creston’s annual holiday event Thursday, Quilts and Other Notions is hosting a quilt show, and American Home Design Center is hosting the Festival of Trees 9 a.m until after Creston’s Lighted Christmas Parade scheduled for 7 p.m.
“We’re planning on having the same great turnout as in years’ past,” said Ellen Gerharz, Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The parade is usually very well attended. ... a lot of them (people) may stay in their cars this year, watching the weather forecast.”
No registration is needed to enter a float in the parade. The only requirement is the float must be lighted. All participants should line up at the corner of West Mills and North Walnut streets.
“No one needs to register. Again, everyone is invited to be in the parade. They just need to be in place at about 6:45 p.m. on the fifth, and their float needs to be lighted,” said Gerharz. “Usually the parade lasts about half an hour to 45 minutes.”
The parade’s route will begin heading west on West Mills to North Elm Street. Participants will turn south on North Elm until they reach West Montgomery Street. They will go west on West Montgomery, then south on North Division until they reach West Adams Street. From there, participants should head east on West Adams until they reach North Walnut.
For safety, it is requested all participants hand out candy instead of throwing it.
Other events Thursday include a visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause 4:30 to 7 p.m., model railroaders 4:30 p.m. to close, Creston: Arts gallery 4:30 p.m. to close and Appalachia Service Project soup supper 5 to 6:30 p.m., all at the restored Creston Depot.
There will also be fireworks after the parade, and a quilt block walk through uptown Creston businesses. Creston Farmers’/Winter Market will be held 4 to 8 p.m. at 311 W. Montgomery St., Carolathon: Christmas Around the World will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 501 W. Montgomery St., cider and donut holes will be available at the restored Creston Depot and Iowa State Savings Bank will host a holiday open house after the parade at its uptown location.
American Home Design Center will host a second day of Festival of Trees 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and Quilts and Other Notions will host the Comfort and Joy quilt show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Uptown Creston businesses will see the quilt block walk for a second day, and Creston Farmers’/Winter Market will be hosted 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 311 W. Montgomery St.
A third day of Comfort and Joy quilt show and Festival of Trees will take place Saturday. The quilts will be displayed at Quilts and Other Notions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and decorated trees will be available for viewing 8 a.m. to noon at American Home Design Center.
A quilt block walk will be on its third day in uptown Creston businesses, and Creston’s Farmers’/Winter Market will be hosted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 311 W. Montgomery St.
“I know Creston: Arts is having their poetry slam the evening of the seventh, so that should be an interesting addition,” Gerharz said.
Sunday, St. Malachy Elementary School will present its all-school Christmas Concert 2 p.m. at Southwestern Community College’s Performing Arts Center.
Creston High School will host a 2 p.m. concert as well, titled All Creatures Great and Small.
Dec. 14 events
Further holiday events will be Dec. 14. Santa at the Christmas Castle and model railroaders will be at the restored Creston Depot 9 a.m. to noon, and Creston Animal Rescue Effort will host a craft and goodie boutique at the depot 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.