Gillett gears up for Christmas in the Park

City Council OKs permit for fireworks after lights go on
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A wide variety of family friendly activities happens inside the Expo Hall at Zippel Park during Gillett’s annual Christmas in the Park celebration. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett City Council on Thursday approved a fireworks permit for the Christmas in the Park celebration at Zippel Park, which is scheduled for Dec. 2.

The annual event, sponsored by the Gillett Business Association, expands across the street this year, with a craft and vendor fair planned from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church (“The Clock Church”), 101 W. Main St.

More than 35 vendors are signed up to date to offer holiday craft items and a variety of products including Paparazzi Jewelry, Jamberry Nails, It Works, Pink Zebra, LuLaRoe clothing, Younique, Java Mama, LipSense, Wild Tree, Pampered Chef, Color Street Nails, Scentsy, Beggin Bits, doTerra oils, Thirty-One bags and Tupperware.

The association plans to celebrate the magic of Christmas with horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides through Zippel Park. A variety of family friendly activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside the Expo Hall at the park

Kids can take part in make-and-take crafts, face painting and balloon animals. Area 4-H Clubs will be having a cake walk where visitors can win various treats, sample cookies and hot chocolate and enjoy activities like the Gillett Public Library’s Jingle Bell Skate.

Santa will arrive in style by sleigh at noon and will be at the Expo Hall until 4:30 p.m. The jolly old elf is scheduled to chat with all of the children and listen to their wish lists. Each kid will receive a free goodie bag from Santa.

Food and refreshments can be bought at both the park and the church.

After the sun goes down, the Christmas lights will come out. The Gillett High School Choir will be caroling at 4:45 p.m. in the Expo Center, followed by the lighting of the park at 5 p.m. Lighted displays from various businesses and organizations are part of the festivities.

The fireworks display, created by Scott Wolf, is to follow directly after the lighting of the park.

For more information about sponsorship, creating a display in the park or reserving a table at the craft/vendor fair, contact Betty Jane Baranczyk at 920-376-1706 or lilyyoda9@yahoo.com or Irene Drake at 920-598-0074.