Fri, 11/25/2022 - 3:54pm admin
HOWARD COUNTY - Forget Waldo! Where’s Santa?
Santa is usually pretty busy keeping the elves engaged making toys up until the week before Thanksgiving. Then he relaxes for a few days.
And just like Grandpa, he takes a big long nap after Thanksgiving dinner to rest up for the holiday rush!
Then he puts Mrs. Claus in charge of elves and toys, so he can make public appearances. (Although, sometimes the Mrs. comes with him on his excursions!)
Santa has a list and so does the Times Plain Dealer! The staff’s to-do-list involves keeping track of where locals can find Santa. He is all over Howard County after Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 25: Cresco’s Holiday Parade, 4 p.m. North Elm St.
Sunday, Nov. 27: Santa will be at Magical Lights, Christmas Delights in Elma — Cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and Tim’s Mobile Music at Trail Head, 3 p.m.; Chili at Memorial Hall, 3 p.m.; Lighted Parade, Oak St., 5 p.m. start time; and Tree Lighting & Fireworks, after parade.
Thursday, Dec. 1: Patty Elwood (Cresco), 10-10:45 a.m.; Accura (Cresco), 11-11:45 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 2: Evans (Cresco), 10:15-11 a.m.; Cresco Assisted Living, 11:10-11:45 a.m.; Aase Haugen (Decorah), 12:30-1:15 p.m.; Wellington Place (Decorah), 1:30-2 p.m.; and Ossian, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Santa will be at the Cresco Theatre at 1 p.m., with the free movie, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” starting at 2. Beforehand, starting at 10 is the Shopper’s Christmas Party for Kids in Champlin Hall.
He will also be at Pancakes (sausage and beverage) with Santa at the Riceville Community Center from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Photos with the big guy will be available.
Sunday, Dec. 4: Santa will be at Christmas in Lime Springs at 3 p.m. The craft show starts at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Riceville Nursing Home, 9-9:45 a.m.; Colonial Manor, Elma, 10:15-11 a.m.; Linn Haven (New Hampton), 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation, 12:30-1:15 p.m.; New Hampton Assisted Living, 1:15-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 7: Kessel Kids, Cresco, 3:45-6:10 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9: Cookies with Santa will be at Notre Dame Parish, Church Hall, Cresco, 5:30-7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Santa is visiting Laddy’s in Chester at noon, where kids can Make-Your-Own-Treat bag. There is also a Basket Social at Laddy’s.
Saturday, Dec. 10: LeRoy High School, 8-10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Santa is in Elma at Memorial Hall, 10 a.m., and then he will be in the park that evening, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Santa will be at Christmas Creek Traditions, just north of Lime Springs, with photos and horse drawn wagon rides.
Sunday, Dec. 18: Last chance to see Santa locally! St. Nick is coming to Protivin! There will be kids activities and games, face painting, cookie decorating and pictures with Mr. Claus at Protivin Community Center, from 2-4 p.m.