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Christmas parade, events set for Dec. 4

December 01, 2010 | 08:47 AM
The weekend of Dec. 3 to 5 will be bustling with holiday activity in Lake Geneva.

The fun starts Friday night with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree and ends Saturday evening with the 36th annual Great Electric Children's Christmas Parade. But, there's plenty to do in between with a holiday reading and a pancake breakfast with Santa.

n Friday night kicks off the weekend with a reading of "The Polar Express" by local author and playwright John R. Powers. He will start at 6 p.m. at Caribou Coffee and the event kicks off the annual Festival of Lights celebration, which features a variety of holiday-themed activities throughout the downtown area during the holiday season.

"The Festival of Lights celebration marks the beginning of a special time of the year in the Lake Geneva area," said George Hennerley, executive vice president of the Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. "The weekend is full of activities for the entire family to enjoy and we're thrilled that John Powers will once again kick off the weekend festivities with the reading of a classic tale."

n On Saturday morning, Dec. 4, the Badger High School Music Department will welcome Santa Claus for a pancake breakfast in the commons from 8 to 11 a.m. Holiday music will be provided by Badger High School students. There will be photos with Santa and other special activities and games for children. Tickets are available at the door or the Badger High School main office for $7.

n Also spreading holiday cheer during the festival will be St. Nick as he parades through the downtown area on Saturday afternoon accompanied by his trusted elves and a team of prancing reindeer. Santa and his reindeer will also greet Lake Geneva visitors when they take up residence on Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the front lawn of Starbuck's, 685 Main St.

n The arts take center stage throughout the weekend as live performances ranging from instrumental to small one-act plays are presented in stores throughout the downtown area. And for those that would rather window shop, members of Badger High School's drama group will take up residency behind the plate glass to entertain visitors with live renditions of Santa's workshop and a life-size jack-in-the-box. The performances and live window displays will also take place Dec. 11 to 12 and Dec. 18 to 19.

n For the 36th year, the Great Electric Children's Christmas Parade will start rolling down Broad Street toward the lake beginning at 5 p.m. from the corner of Williams and Marshall streets. Featuring marching bands, illuminated floats and a final appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, the parade is presented by the Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Local radio station WLKG, Lake961, general manager Nancy Douglass and midday DJ Stacey Kaye will provide commentary as the emcees, from in front of the Geneva Theater on Broad Street.

Last year, people lined Broad Street to watch the parade and did so in 2008 despite the bitter cold weather. In 2007, a snowstorm caused the cancellation of the parade.

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