Gillett Christmas in the Park is Dec. 1

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By: 

Times Herald Staff

The annual Christmas in the Park has been scheduled for Dec. 1 at Zippel Park in Gillett. The magic of Christmas is celebrated with horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides through the park and lighted Christmas displays by local businesses and organizations at 5 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.

Activities for all will start at 10 a.m. with Santa’s workshop filled with crafts and vendor goods at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 101 W. Main St., through 3:30 p.m. Horse-drawn rides will be available from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from St. John’s to Zippel Park.

Kids’ activities include make-and-take crafts, face painting, balloon animals, Hintz 4-H cake walk, cookies and hot chocolate.

New this year is a petting zoo, coloring contest and reindeer games inside the Expo Hall at the park from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Santa Claus is coming to Zippel Park in the Expo Hall from noon to 4:30 p.m., chatting with the children and listening to their wish lists. Each kid will receive a free goodie bag.

The Gillett High School Choir will be caroling at 4:45 p.m. to set the scene.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at both locations (Zippel Park and St. John’s Lutheran Church).

Meanwhile, the Gillett Polar Express will be at the Gillett Area Historical Society Museum, 110 W. Main St., from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments of hot cider, tea and bars will be served. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Enter at the sun room in the back of the museum.

The carriage house will also be open for viewing the mirror ball from the old Gillett Pavilion and Nick Stromer’s Little Red Car.