Christmas kicks off tomorrow

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An old tradition returns and a new one begins.

The annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration is Saturday, Dec. 2. The kickoff to the holiday season, sponsored by the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce, welcomes back an old tradition and adds a new activity as part of the day’s events.

Years ago, individuals used to do a jingle bell stroll. This year, community members are invited to take part. Individuals will walk from IGA to Cabin City ringing jingle bells as loud as they can.

“It’s my understanding we used to do this years ago,” Shirley Ackerman said.

Cindy Willard is organizing the activity this year, which will take place at 10 a.m. Call her at 208-245-3495 to pre-register. Mrs. Ackerman said the Chamber has jingle bells for participants to use if they do not have any.

Annie Fredericks, Serena Crane, Shirley Ackerman, Yvette Benham and Linda Weinmann are gearing up for the annual Christmas in St. Maries event Saturday.

Annie Fredericks, Serena Crane, Shirley Ackerman, Yvette Benham and Linda Weinmann are gearing up for the annual Christmas in St. Maries event Saturday.

New this year is story time with Santa Claus at noon at the St. Maries Library. There will be crafts and snacks as well. All are invited.

Following story time, Santa will arrive on Main Avenue at 12:45 p.m. The Stroll on Main kicks off at 1 p.m. There will be vendors, fire pits, carolers and more. Horse drawn wagon rides leave The Grub Box parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Merchant sales and festivities will take place throughout the day.

Craft fairs are planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shadowy Rivers Mall and the Eagles Lodge. There will be a photo booth as well as photos with Santa at Shadowy Rivers Mall.

The children-pet costume contest and parade returns for the second consecutive year. It is at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union. Register at 12:45 p.m. at 8th and Main. First place is $50 Visa card, second place is $30 and third is $20.

There is a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree contest again and participants can register at the Chamber table, 8th and Main, as well. It starts at 1 p.m. Children may write letters to Santa at The Paperhouse from 1 to 4 p.m.

Finally, the lighted Christmas Parade will wrap up the day’s festivities at 5 p.m. Line-up starts at 4 p.m. at IGA with judging at 4:45 p.m. There is a $200 first place overall prize, a $100 prize for second place and $50 for third.

Call 208-245-3563 to pre-register.

“We’re excited to continue this long standing tradition,” Mrs. Ackerman said. “We want everyone to come and participate. We are encouraging businesses to join in and decorate. It’s a great event for the whole family.”

Christmas in St. Maries merchandise, such as zip-ups, hoodies and sweatshirts, may be ordered now. Only a limited stock of items will be sold at Saturday’s event.

Prices range from $20 to $37. Big River Embroidery is doing the merchandise this year.

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