2018 Christmas Festival Activities
The annual Christmas Festival in St. Paul will be held from Friday, November 30, 2018 to Sunday, December 2, 2018. We encourage you to take part in the various activities that we have planned – there are activities for people of all ages. We hope you have a wonderful holiday experience.
Festival of Trees
Whether you are a local designer, individual, local business, community group, or just a group of friends, show your holiday spirit by decorating a Christmas tree that will be on display for all to see. Trees can be decorated with any style or theme; from something elegant to adorable, traditional to comedic . . . it’s all up to you and your imagination! Bring your own 8 foot or smaller artificial tree, and all the decorations and display material you need to showcase your tree. Include a tree skirt and a sign identifying your group. Trees must be decorated by 5:00 pm on November 29, 2018. The trees will be on display during the Christmas Festival, and from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday until December 21. Trees must be registered in advance – space is limited. Call Laura at 308-754-2010 for more details.
Christmas Craft / Gift Boutique
No need to shop out of town when you can find some unique items at the Civic Center. Vendors will be available on Friday, November 30 from 10 am to 8 pm, and on Saturday, December 1 from 9 am to 4 pm. From wine tasting to clothing boutiques to craft items to health and beauty items, we have much to choose from for those friends and relatives that are hard to buy for . . . or it’s an opportunity to buy something for yourself. You deserve it! Also available will be a booth of home-baked goodies for those that want to enjoy some tasty baked goods without having to mess-up their kitchen. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, please contact Carolyn at 308-754-5558.
No need to cook the evening of Friday, November 30. A soup supper will be served at the Civic Center from 5 to 8 pm. Bring your appetite and a free will donation. Warm yourself up with a steaming bowl of soup and a sweet treat.
Children’s Christmas Crafts
From 5 to 8 pm on Friday, November 30, children of all ages are invited to the Civic Center gym for Christmas activities and crafts. If not already done, they may even be able to write that last minute letter to Santa. Children’s crafts will also be available from 9 to 11 am on Saturday, December 1 while Santa is at the Civic Center.
The St. Paul High School Music Department will be available to provide entertainment at the Civic Center on Friday, November 30 during the Soup Supper. Enjoy the musical talents of the high school students.
Either before or after you get some soup to warm yourself up, stop by the Howard County Historical Village to see the village beautifully decorated for Christmas. See the live nativity near the Blacksmith Shop, complete with live animals from 6 to 7 pm on Friday, November 30.
On Friday, November 30, from 6-7 pm, while you are at the Historical Village, listen to the Christmas carolers that may be strolling around the village. You are welcome to join them in singing traditional and perhaps not-so-traditional Christmas songs.
People wishing to be transported between the Civic Center and the Historical Village on Friday evening, can sit and enjoy the crisp winter weather as you ride on the holiday hayrack ride. The hayrack wagon will be available from 5 pm to 8 pm Friday, November 30, making a loop between the Civic Center and the Historical Village.
Breakfast with Santa
Santa is busy this time of year, but he told us that he would be eating breakfast at the Civic Center on Saturday, December 1. All the good boys and girls are welcome to join him from 9 to 11 am. (Children aged 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
No one can pass up a good Christmas movie! Children of all ages (adults included) are invited to the community room at the St. Paul Library at 1 pm on Saturday, December 1 to watch a Christmas movie.
We hope you enjoy the Christmas activities we have planned this year. If you have suggestions for future activities, please let us know. The Christmas committee would love to hear from you. Contact Laura at 308-754-2010 or Carolyn at 308-754-5558.
NOTE: Items listed above are subject to change, depending on weather conditions, or issues beyond our control.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!