CRETE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Crete Country Christmas is back for its 31st consecutive year beginning on Friday, December 1st and running through Sunday, December 3rd. This free, town-wide holiday tradition is loaded with fun activities for the entire family.
The festivities include crafts and games for children throughout town, hayrides, visits with Santa, bonfires, music and entertainment in the “Christmas Lodge” (this year, an expanded large, heated tent at the corner of Cass & Wood Streets), raffles and the Christmas Village (this year located within the Christmas Lodge) featuring favorite delicacies from our local restaurants and food vendors. As usual, our dedicated Crete Lions Club will be there serving up libations with their legendary flair.
There will be a Kris Kringle Market, Cookie Walk held by the Crete Woman’s Club, Snowman Contest, 5K Run, Reindog Contest, House Decorating Contest and live entertainment in the Christmas Lodge on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon & evening and on Sunday afternoon.
Back by popular demand, the “Breakfast with the Grinch” will be held on Saturday morning in the Christmas Lodge. New this year, the Crete Woman’s Club will conduct a Christmas House Walk on Friday, from 2pm-8pm.
On Saturday at 6:00pm, the fabulous “Parade of Lights” will promenade on Main Street through downtown Crete. After the Parade, the Christmas Lodge will feature the new musical sensation, “Southtown Soul & Groove”, featuring Motown/Soul style music, followed by the ever popular “Midlife Crisis” classic rock band.
On Sunday, the Crete Lions Club will host its famous Bingo and Bloody Mary’s Party from 10am until 2pm. New this year, will be the “Eddie Korosa Polka Band”. Eddie Korosa appeared in the film “Home Alone” as one of the “Kenosha Kickers” alongside actor John Candy.
And there’s more! The Annual Santa Sleigh Parade will be back! Santa will once again be driving around the Village of Crete to greet everyone, take photos, and to collect donations of non-perishable food items for the Crete Food Pantry and new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to disadvantaged children, for the Angels on Assignment charitable organization. The Santa Sleigh Parade will be in downtown Crete on Monday, December 4th and in Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire East and Swiss Valley on Tuesday, December 5th , both nights beginning at 5:00pm. Santa will, once again, be travelling with his “Santa Tracker” so that you can follow him online to see when he will be near your house!
Crete Country Christmas is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season and create wonderful holiday memories for kids of all ages.
A calendar of events will be available in late November at the Crete Village Hall at 524 West Exchange Street, the Crete Township Hall at 1367 Wood Street, the Crete Library, the Crete Park District locations and at various local merchants. The calendar will also be available online at www.cretecountrychristmas.com as well as the Crete Country Christmas Facebook page.