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Christmas By The Lake

December 1 - December 4

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Saturday’s events include horse drawn carriage and Main Street Trolley rides, a craft show, the crowning of prince and princess, a petting zoo and pony rides, s’mores for kids, Christmas Karaoke, special entertainment at the Arts Center, a visit with Santa, a matinee at the Lake Theatre, strolling Dickens characters, a lighted parade, and fireworks over the frozen lake.  Kick off the weekend with a holiday concert at the Surf Ballroom!

Clear Lake’s Christmas by the Lake has won several tourism awards for best holiday festival!

Christmas by the Lake Logo

Thursday, December 1st:

Lights on 5K 5:30pm
One Vision’s Kinney-Lindstrom Center
Register at lightson5k.org

Friday, December 2nd:

Lorrie Morgan: Enchanted Christmas
Surf Ballroom, doors open at 7pm
Catch the holiday spirit at the Surf!
Tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased at surfballroom.com

Saturday, December 3rd: (subject to change):

Holiday Bazaar & Vendor Market 9am-3pm
Clear Lake Middle School (1601 3rd Ave N)
There will be donuts and coffee in the morning and a sloppy joe meal deal for $5 in the afternoon.
There will also be a bake sale and door prizes.

“The Christmas Story” Indoor Nativity Scene Displays 9am-4pm
Clear Lake Regular Baptist Church
Enjoy free cookies, cocoa, & coffee

Storywalk® Around the Block & Take-Home Craft
Clear Lake Public Library
The Storywalk® will be posted December 2nd-4th, check back for details!

Pizza & Photos with the Grinch & Cindy Lou Who 10am-3pm
Lakeview Room
Clear Lake Dance Team Fundraiser

BINGO 11am-3pm
C.A.R.E.S. Fundraiser

Crowning of Prince & Princess 11am
Clear Lake Bank & Trust
Click here to register for the Prince & Princess Contest

Family Matinee 11am
Lake Theatre
Stay tuned for movie title!
Free admission with a donation to the food bank (cash or non-perishable items).

Simply Nourished Outdoor Christmas Market 11am-3pm
N 3rd St (along City Park)

Petting Zoo 11:30am-3:30pm
City Park

Christmas Karaoke 1-4pm
400 Block of Main Avenue

Zion Dock Activities 1-4pm
400 Block of Main Avenue
Cookie decorating, inflatables, kid’s activities, a Winter Princess photo opportunity, snacks, hot drinks & entertainment.

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1-4pm & 6-7pm
Santa’s House in City Park

FSB Warming House 1-4pm
Farmers State Bank
Enjoy warm drinks & popcorn inside FSB (210 1st Ave N)

Horse Drawn Sleigh & Carriage Rides 2-4:30pm
Boarding locations: Wilcox Furniture and Ge-Jo’s

Strolling Dickens Characters 2-5pm
Main Avenue & Downtown
Victorian characters sing and mingle with the crowd.

Zion Dock Refreshments 5-5:30pm
Outdoors (access from Main Avenue) hot cocoa & popcorn

Lighted Parade and Spectacular Fireworks Finale over the lake begin at 5:07pm
Parade begins at 8th & Main and will travel down Main Avenue and N Lakeview Drive.
Fireworks display will begin after the parade.
Click here for the Parade Application.

Sunday, December 4th:

Family Matinee 11am
Lake Theatre
Stay tuned for movie title!
Free admission with a donation to the food bank (cash or non-perishable items).

Polar Bear Plunge presented by Clear Lake Jaycees 12:30pm
City Beach
Registration information coming in November
12pm: Arrival/Check-in/Registration
12:30pm: Plungers take the plunge!
1pm: Warming Party at Tap’d with live music
Funds raised will go to Toys for Tots and the Clear Lake Children & Families in Need Fund

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1-4pm
Santa’s House in City Park


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December 4
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(641) 357-2159
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