CONRAD - Conrad will celebrate the holiday season in a big way Saturday with several events as part of its annual Christmas in Conrad celebration.
"It's nice to have a community that can have a good celebration for the holidays," said Holly Gunderson, one of the organizers of the event. "We also like to have people visit the businesses here in town."
The entire day is filled with activities to usher in the season downtown, leading up to the big events at night. Santa will be a part of the lighting of the tree at Dorothy King Memorial Park at 5:20 p.m.
Children decorate ornaments during a past Christmas in Conrad event. The annual holiday celebration returns Saturday to downtown Conrad.
"That's usually when Santa kicks things off for the evening," Gunderson said.
Santa will then set up at the nearby Conrad Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to hear gift requests and hand out treats.
The Festival of Trees will be held both Friday and Saturday at the library and features an elaborate display of craftsmanship and creativity.
Christmas in Conrad
9 a.m. - noon - Pancake breakfast at Conrad Legion
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Gingerbread houses made by local businesses and BCLUW students on display at the library. Festival of Trees "Songs of the Season" in library.
10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Festival of the Nativity at the Conrad United Methodist Church. Admission is free but any donations will go to a local charity to be named.
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. - Santa at Oakview Nursing Home
5:20 - 5:30 p.m. - Santa lighting Christmas tree in the Dorothy King Memorial Park
5:30 - 7 p.m. - Santa at the library.
6 - 8 p.m. - Ice sculptor at Grundy National Bank. Turkey bowling and other activities on Main Street.
"They do an excellent job with that," Gunderson said.
The popular turkey bowling event will return, with hopes to have rolling frozen turkeys on Main Street. Last year's turkey bowling was cancelled due to the weather, but the event two years ago was popular.
"I think the kids really have fun with it," Gunderson said.
Another event sure to be a hit with families is the live Nativity scene at Conrad United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several businesses will have special deals and giveaways as part of the celebration.