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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Celebrate in Le Mars, Iowa

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Explore our event schedule for the 2021 Christmas in Hometown Le Mars celebration. From dashing door displays and live reindeer to tree lightings, holiday goodies, and caroling, you'll feel the wonder of Christmas all day long.

Click Here to download the entire schedule and map of events.

There are Instagram-worthy photo opportunities spread throughout downtown Le Mars for your fun and festive family pictures. Many of them will be available throughout the entire Christmas season.

Fee: Free

The Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor is sparking joy with delicious treats and by recognizing frontline workers this holiday season. Stop in or visit ilovewells.com for blank coloring pages and greeting cards. When colored, return to the visitor center for a FREE kid dip!

Completed cards and pages will be distributed to frontline workers and long-term care facilities to spread holiday cheer.

When returning coloring pages, be sure to try one of their delicious holiday treats! (Coloring activity open to all, but free kid dips available to children 12 and under.)

Fee: Free

Grab your coziest blankets, pack the popcorn, and enjoy a Christmas classic all from the comfort of your own vehicle! 🚗 Our Drive-In Movie event is Friday, November 26 at 6:30 pm at Total Motors. Enjoy a safe, fun event for all ages and kick off the holiday season with the iconic Christmas classic, Home Alone!

You can watch the trailer here.

Parking may be limited so come early to claim your parking spot (as soon as 4:30 p.m.) Listen from your vehicle by tuning into 90.1 FM. Enjoy a complimentary holiday event bag, popcorn, and a water (courtesy of Hardware Hank Le Mars) when you arrive, availability will be limited.

Sponsored by American Bank & Total Motors

Something to think about... how did Kevin McCallister clean everything up before his family got home?

Enjoy a character breakfast with Rudolph! Have your photo taken with our friend from the North Pole, Sing Songs, Kids will decorate their waffles with fun toppings. Parents/ Adults will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet! This will be a fun and festive breakfast for the whole family!

Fee:

Kids 3-12: $6.00

Adults: $14

You can register by clicking HERE.

He’s making a list and checking it twice; There’s really no need, because the kids have been nice! Bring your little ones to Habitué Coffeehouse & Bakery to meet with Santa. While they’re on his lap, Mom and/or Dad can grab a Frosted Gingerbread Mocha to warm up with.

Fee: Free

Enjoy a character breakfast with Rudolph! Have your photo taken with our friend from the North Pole, Sing Songs, Kids will decorate their waffles with fun toppings. Parents/ Adults will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet! This will be a fun and festive breakfast for the whole family!

Fee:

Kids 3-12: $6.00

Adults: $14

You can register by clicking HERE

Who doesn’t love a photo booth? Get your holiday festivities started with a fun photo booth picture with your favorite person!

Fee: Free

Rudolph and crew are busy warming up and doing practice runs, but they sent a couple of their friends! Come visit and snap a photo with Diesel and Branson!

Fee: Free

Stores will have the “Find the Joy” picture strategically displayed inside their store. Scavenger hunters, upon finding the picture, will have the store staff mark the appropriate box on their tally card. Completed cards, with each store box marked, should be returned to the collection box inside both the Wells Visitor Center or the Convention and Visitors Bureau to be entered into a prize drawing. Be sure to snap a photo in each store when you “find the joy!”

Participating merchants include (click on their name to go to their website):

Stick around... winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting ceremony.

Fee: Free

Join us for our Santa’s Fun! Run! on Saturday, November 27th. Both our 5k and 10k will be chip timed. The races will start and finish at the Olson Cultural Event Center in downtown Le Mars and will lead you through residential Le Mars, onto our recreation trail and the 10k runners will also continue to run on the trail in our beautiful Willow Creek Golf Course. Santa’s Fun! Run! is part of the day-long Christmas in Hometown Le Mars family events, come for the race and stay for the day and celebrate the joy of Christmas in Le Mars. We encourage racers and walkers to dress up in your Santa suit, ugly Christmas sweater, festive socks, and other holiday gear. After your race, you're encouraged to stay for awards and post-race snacks.

Fee: Varying. Register Here.

In-between dance performances & other fun activities, stop by to listen to Christmas stories presented by Santa’s favorite library elves!

Fee: Free, thanks to a generous sponsorship by Northwest Iowa Credit Union.

Everyone knows that homemade Christmas ornaments are the best way to ensure a tree full of heart and holiday cheer! Join us for this memorable Christmas activity for the entire family.

Fee: Free, due to a generous sponsorship by Primebank.

Neck of the Woods Christmas Trees of Le Mars has put together a simple Christmas Ornament craft for some traditional holiday fun. Bring your family and friends and join us in making some joyful ornaments for your tree! You pick the colors, you pick the design and we will walk you through the how.

You can sign up for your space here.

Fee: $20

Sponsored by Midstates Bank

**Image placed is not exact ornament we will be making, but very similar!

Come enjoy performances by the Central Dance Academy Company dancers as they perform to holiday music. Revel in the holiday spirit with us as we share our love of dance and spread Christmas Joy. Clapping and singing along is always welcome as we bring some Holiday favorite tunes to life with movement!

Fee: Free

Sponsored by Iowa State Bank.

Let the Holiday spirit inspire you to paint your own unique mini canvas and easel ornament! This project will bring out the "little" artist in all of us, and serve as a reminder of good times at the Hometown Festivities for years to come! This project is great for all ages, and our creative staff will be available to assist you with ideas and techniques.

Fee: Free, due to a generous sponsorship by American Bank.

We’ve partnered with Neck of the Woods Christmas Trees and have prepared the classic elements of a classic Christmas tree lot. Simply pick your tree, drive up, and load up. We promise you’ll love your tree! Beautiful wreaths will also be available.

Fee: varying, depending on tree

The library is pleased to host Dr. Schaap as he shares stories that illustrate the joy found at Christmas. Seating is limited to 18, on a first come first serve basis.

Dr. Schaap is a retired English professor and the author of several novels and a host of short stories and essays. His podcast Small Wonders, a series of historical vignettes about regional history, airs each Monday on KWIT/KOIA public radio in Sioux City, Iowa.

Fee: Free

We need a little… “Christmas Now!” The Browns 2021 Christmas Show will be one of their grandest yet!

The show features their nationally released Christmas Album filled with powerful majestic music to make your spirit soar! You’ll hear Christmas favorites like, “Joy to the World”, “Need a Little Christmas Now”, “O Holy Night”, “Deck The Halls”, and “Mary Did You Know?”. The kids will enjoy fun new favorites like “Hot Chocolate” & “The Grinch”. The Browns will break out all 3 of those Violins on “Themes from The Nutcracker”. Beautiful Christmas costumes and brotherly comedy make this show fun for ALL ages! Make your plans for “Christmas Now!”.

Fee: View varying ticket prices.

Come join The Turn Around TTA Fire, GK Blaze, and TTA Flames as they warm things up and help usher in Christmas with dance, tumbling, and cheer!

Fee: Free

Sponsored by Iowa State Bank.

The library is pleased to host Dr. Schaap as he shares stories that illustrate the joy found at Christmas. Seating is limited to 18, on a first come first serve basis.

Dr. Schaap is a retired English professor and the author of several novels and a host of short stories and essays. His podcast Small Wonders, a series of historical vignettes about regional history, airs each Monday on KWIT/KOIA public radio in Sioux City, Iowa.

Fee: Free

Santa Claus is coming to Le Mars! He’s made his list and he’s already checked it twice. Stop by and get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Fee: Free

Join us for an evening of music with The Browns, ballet dancers, the Christmas story, joyous blessings from Mike & Cheryl Wells and the lighting of our 30-foot Christmas tree!

Fee: Free

Enjoy the Christmas Season in Le Mars

There are other great Christmas festivities happening around Le Mars that are not associated with Christmas in Hometown Le Mars, but still excellent nonetheless.