'A Mendota Christmas' offering a day of holiday cheer
Mendota-area residents are invited to spread the holiday spirit at the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce's "A Mendota Christmas" on Dec. 2.
The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Mendota Elk’s Lodge with a Holiday Craft & Vendor Show and a Holiday Bake Sale, both of which will run until 3 p.m., with all proceeds from the bake sale going to Operation Elf Action, a Facebook posting about the event said.
Children will delight in pony rides in front of the Elk’s lodge, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a they are sure to love the Touch a Truck experience, featuring police cars, tractors and fire trucks, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to the chamber office on Illinois Avenue, the posting said.
The stars of the show – Santa and Mrs. Claus – will be at the First Bank Parking Lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every kid who visits with them will receive a new book from Usborne Books thanks to a special project from Jenifer Bast and the Graves Hume Public Library, the posting said.
The First Bank parking lot will feature free hot chocolate and hot dogs from the Mendota Optimist Club, and a fun giant puzzle put on by the Come As You Are Baptist Church from 11 a.m.
Horse-drawn carriage rides will be staged at the parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the rides are free but any donations will benefit Operation Elf Action.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Mendota Bible Church will be handing out free candy canes and cookies downtown.