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Christmas in Lights, Dec. 7

IRON RIVER — The 14th annual Christmas in Lights celebration will be held on Dec. 7, with a theme of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
    The popular lighted parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Genesee Street. Groups are encouraged to decorate their floats to reflect their favorite music group or interpret the theme any way they choose.  
    After the parade at 7 p.m., hot cocoa and refreshments will be served during the tree lighting and the bonfire at Klint Safford Memorial RV Park.
    Following that, a fireworks display will take place, courtesy of the West Iron County Fire Department. Donations will be taken to benefit the WICFD.
    “This year we’re also encouraging the downtown businesses to not only decorate their store fronts but also stay open a little later to welcome in parade goers,” said Erika Sauter, chamber director. “We’ll promote shopping specials, and we encourage folks to shop local during Christmas in Lights and all through the holiday season.”
    There will also be a variety of activities to enjoy during the day on Dec. 7, as well. The Christmas in Lights Arts & Craft Show at the Windsor Center will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Families are encouraged to take some time to visit with Santa and shop the bake sale at the West Iron District Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library will also host a chili feed before the parade from 4-6:00 p.m.
    Line-up for the parade will begin at 5 p.m. outside of the post office on Genesee Street. There is no fee to enter the parade, and cash prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Pre-registration is appreciated and can be done by contacting the Chamber office at 906-265-3822 or emailing erika@iron.org.
    Christmas in Lights is organized by the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance in collaboration with the Iron River Downtown Development Authority.