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Holly Jolly Good Times in Elkader this Holiday Season!
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Holly Jolly Good Times in Elkader this Holiday Season!

Are you getting into the holiday spirit? Christmas music and TV commercials will soon start to fill the airwaves. Throughout Northeast Iowa communities, you'll start seeing windows with holiday displays, decorated Christmas trees, twinkling lights, colorful beads, and silky ribbons. It's safe to say the community of Elkader is ready to be in the holiday spirit!

To start the holiday season, Motor Mill Bridge will be “LIT-UP”! So, head over the river and through the woods to the Motor Mill Bridge Lighting Event. The celebration starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th. Enjoy a festive evening outside, admire the twinkling lights on the bridge with a hot cup of cocoa and cookies, then head over to Hope Lutheran Church for a delicious soup supper. All proceeds support the Littleport Fire Department.

A Holly Jolly Celebration takes place on Friday, November 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Elkader at Founder’s Park. Holiday piano music will be playing as Christmas carols are sung. While you're there, take time to make a festive holiday craft then warm up with a complimentary hot cup of cocoa and sweet treats. The lighting of the Thomas tree will be 6:30 p.m. This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome.

How about participating in a healthy and fun activity this season? The Turkey River Trot 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, November 24th. To participate, you can preregister here by November 15th. Chamber bucks will be awarded to the winners. Along with the 5K, it’s also the Holiday Retail Open House/Shop Small until 5 p.m. in Elkader. In the giving spirit, bring non-perishable food items. They will be donated to the local food pantry.

The Elkader Opera House will have two fun events in December. The first event, The Music of Vince Guaraldi (composer of the Peanuts holiday specials), performed by The Donovan Johnson Band, will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available at, or by calling (563)873-2378. The second event, A Classic Christmas Fantasy, will be performed by the Opera House Players. This performance will be on Sunday, December 9th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thank you to The Opera House Players for giving a gift to the community: free admission!

The spirit of the holiday season is in Elkader!

Image credit: Elkader Chamber of Commerce

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Elkader's charm is even more wonderful during the holidays! Thanks very much for the post!
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