Miracle on Lake Avenue offers a full evening of holiday fun
The annual Miracle on Lake Avenue celebration will be held Thursday night, with activities starting at 5:30 p.m. and the lighted holiday parade at 6:15. The theme for this year is “There’s SNOW Place Like Storm Lake for the Holidays.”
This will be the 26th year for the celebration. Some three to four months of planning goes into the event, which draws visitors from many surrounding communities.
Music will be provided by the Storm Lake High School Jazz Choir, performing at Better Day Cafe and weather permitting, strolling the downtown area. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make appearances around the downtown throughout the evening.
Activities on Lake Avenue from 5:30-7 include: face painting by the SLHS Art Club at The Daily Apple, Balloon Sculptures by Heartspun Creations at Brown’s Shoe Fit, Create on Lake at the Uniform Shop ($5 for materials), Letters to Santa at Hoffman’s Flower & Candle Shop, Create an Ornament at Paxtons Jewelry, Live Christmas Story readings at Osweiler’s, Cookie Decorating demos and coloring pages for children at Storm Lake Bakery, fresh-popped popcorn with Lakeside Marina at Kristie’s Kandies and Heirlooms, and a Christmas movie showing at Zone Home Entertainment.
Don’t let the weather stop you - warming stations will be available at Berg Jewelry, The Buckle, Paxtons, Sugar Bowl and Santa’s Castle.
Ready, Set Grow Day Care will host a soup supper from 5-8 p.m. at Better Day Cafe with chili, chicken noodle soup and cinnamon rolls, with proceeds going to the day care.
Santa’s Secret Workshop will be open from 5:30-8 at Citizens First National Bank north branch. Children can shop for family gifts priced between $1 and $5, with proceeds going toward the St. Mary’s Community Service programs.
Santa’s Castle will be open from 6-8 p.m. (admission $4 for adults, $2.50 for children.)
The parade will cover the 500-700 blocks of Lake Avenue downtown, with floats and plenty of surprises.
A tree-lighting ceremony will follow the parade on the courthouse lawn, where a community tree was planted years ago and groomed for this very purpose.
Talented area musician Neil Anders will present a free acoustic concert to conclude the evening’s activities, at Lake Avenue Lounge, 7:30-10 p.m.