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Lighted parade new to event

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Thousands of revelers scramble for ping pong balls during Dixon Main Street’s Great Snowball Drop at the 2012 Christmas Walk. More than 3,000 of the “snowballs” were fired out to the crowd. Prizes this year will include a $500 shopping spree and gift certificates to Dixon businesses.

DIXON – The 25th Annual Dixon Christmas Walk presented by Dixon Main Street, Dixon Chamber of Commerce, and Sauk Valley Bank will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

The event will include many activities for the whole family. Dixon businesses will stay open late with a host of activities.

The night will begin with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at KSB Hospital and feature the arrival of Santa Claus and songs by the Reagan Middle School choir.

“The countdown to the tree lighting is always a magical experience. The kids in the crowd are always amazed to see Santa Claus arrive on the fire truck,” Dixon Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said in a news release.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, the Christmas Walk committee has decided to host a special Lighted Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. Businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to be a part of the parade can contact the Main Street office.

The popular Great Snowball Drop will be back again this year. It will begin at 8 p.m. The drop will be moved to the west end of First Street in front of Dixon Paint Company’s new location in the former Wermer’s Building, near the corner of First Street and Peoria Avenue.

Many great prizes are in store for snowball catchers from local businesses, along with a few special “money snowballs” with cash prizes and a top prize of a $500 shopping spree.

Other highlights include: The Loveland Community Houses Christmas Open House, cookie decorating at The Next Picture Show, Hot Wheels races at Sherwin-Williams, Santa at the Mini Mall, Jeremy the Amazer, blacksmith demonstration from John Deere Historic Site, The Rock River Valley Barbershop Choir, Dixon High School Madrigals, and much more.

Go to www.dixonmainstreet.com for a full listing of events and a map.

Breakfast with Santa is set for 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Lee County Senior Center and Post House Ballroom, 100 W. Second St. Cost is $1.50 for children 9 and younger; and $3 for adults.

The pancake breakfast will include pictures with Santa, offered until noon. The Dixon Municipal Band will have its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave.

For more information, email mainst@grics.net or call 815-288-2308.

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