Muskego - The annual Country Christmas celebration will begin with a "storybook" parade and continue with varied activities Saturday afternoon.
"A Storybook Christmas" parade, featuring Santa and live reindeer, will stroll down Pioneer Road beginning at 1 p.m.
The parade, leading off the annual Country Christmas celebration put on by the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, will start at Janesville Road and head to the Old Settlement Centre, S8074 Racine Ave.
Because the shuttle will not run this year, parade-goers should park on subdivision streets along the route or in the Muskego industrial park across Racine Avenue. The logistics didn't work well for the shuttle so it was dropped this year, Durnford said.
At the Old Settlement Centre, visitors will find all kinds of holiday things to do, and there will be more for kids to do this year, including kids' Christmas bingo, said Krisann Durnford, a spokesman for the Country Christmas celebration.
For starters, the "Christmas Gift Dash" will begin immediately after the parade. Back for a second year, it features business mascots - including a squirrel from LeafGuard Southeast of Muskego, a monkey from First Bank Financial and an ice cream cone from Culvers - racing to pile oversized gifts under a Christmas tree.
Kids who missed Santa in the parade will be able to visit him at the Old Schoolhouse. Parents can bring their cameras or pay a pro to capture their children's faces as they tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
And of course, the popular Candy Shoppe will be open for business.
The Muskego Historical Society will be back with talks in the old Wolman House lending a flavor of old Muskego to the festivities. The society also will give away Christmas ornaments for as long as they last in the Old Town Hall.
For a fee, train, hay wagon and carriage rides will be given. Singing groups will scent the air with carols and a live Nativity scene will be presented twice by the Muskego Apostolic Tabernacle. The church also will again present puppet shows.
All through the celebration, plenty of food will be available, from snacks and treats to substantial sandwiches.
Admission to the festivities is free, but those who bring a food item or give a cash donation to the Muskego food pantry will get a free cup of hot cider in the food pantry tent.
The celebration will conclude at 4:45 p.m.
- Jane Ford-Stewart
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