‘No place like home’ for Crystal Christmas

CRYSTAL FALLS—There’s no place like home for the holidays and Crystal Falls is hoping to add to that feeling during its annual Crystal Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 15.
    The spotlight will be on family, friends and local merchants, so bundle up and head to Crystal Falls, the small town on the hill. This event is put on by the Crystal Falls Business Association.
    The final schedule of events is as follows: (note, the schedule has changed slightly from the one published in the Reporter’s Winter Fun Guide.)
    -- (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) - Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, bake sale and luncheon in the lower level of United Lutheran Church.
    --(10 a.m. to noon) - Children’s craft workshop at the CF Library
    --(11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) - Soup and kids crafts at the CF Contemporary Center. There will be homemade soup and free cookie decorating and crafts for kids. Cost is $5, or $10 with a handmade pottery bowl of your choice to keep.  
    --(1-4 p.m.) - Visit with Santa at the VFW.
    --(6 p.m.) - Ice Shack Parade (theme is “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” but all entries are welcome)
    --(6:30 p.m.) - After the parade, free showing of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” at Crystal Theatre. Santa will also be at the theatre. Winners of the Home Decorating Contest, and Best Parade Float will be announced after the movie.
     Crystal Falls Business Association President Alisa Nelson said anyone can enter the parade.  
    “All are welcome - even if they don’t have an ice shack or don’t want to follow the Grinch theme. The goal is to have fun and give folks a pretty and festive parade.”
    A residential Christmas decorating contest will also take place with judging on Dec. 12. Register no later than noon on Dec. 11 at Superior Sport and Feed Store, Charlie’s Emporium or Ben Franklin Store. The first-place winner will receive $100, second place will get $75, and third place will win $50.
    “A Crystal Christmas is about taking time to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful place we live in and a time to have fun during this festive time of year,” Nelson said.