Christmas in the Villages
Nov. 24th - Dec. 31st, 2018

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Celebrate the season, beginning Nov. 24 and continuing throughout the month of December with a variety of special events happening. The spirit of the season will abound as you enjoy the ever-popular Festival of Trees, Holiday Lights, Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, unique holiday shopping experiences, Amish meals and special business open houses to find that perfect gift. And of course, we would love for you to spend a few days with us too! All of our Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Cottages and Hunting Lodges are open all year long!

Festival of Trees
Nov. 30th, 5-9pm ~ Dec. 1st, 9am-8pm ~ Dec. 2nd, 12-3pm
Dozens of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, & table top trees based on the theme " A Christmas Carol" on display at the Roberts Memorial Center, Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua. Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Van Buren County, the trees will be purchased through a silent auction taking place throughout the weekend. There will also be several items for cash & carry. Santa will be visiting on Saturday from 9am-3pm. A variety of live music and refreshments will be served throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Christmas for Kids.

Enchanted Forest Walk
Nov. 22nd - Dec 31st, Sun-Thurs 5-8p, Fri-Sat 5-9p
Cantril - Self-guided tour of holiday lights & displays in Waubonsie Park. Golf carts available by request, call 641-680-2348. (Weather Permitting). 601 W. North St.

Nov. 24th
Small Business Saturday
Downtown Keosauqua - 
Kick off your holiday shopping and support our community!

Nov. 24th, 6am-10pm
Coasters & Coffee
Birmingham -
 Large selection of letterpress Christmas cards, holiday coasters, muslin bags, printed t-shirts and more. Print your own Holiday Coasters or make a set as a gift. Grab a hot cup of coffee and piece of homemade coffee cake to go! The Calico Press, 23096 Route J16.

Nov. 24th, 8am-5pm
Wasko Hardware's Christmas Open House
Keosauqua -
 In-store specials, prizes, food and Christmas shopping for everyone on your list. 810 1st St.

Nov. 24th, 9am-12pm
Breakfast & Photos with Santa.  
Keosauqua -
 Christmas Bear drawing and other kids activities at Libertyville Savings Bank, 20390 Hwy. 1.

Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st, 5-7:30pm
Amish Christmas Dinner 
Bonaparte -
 
Home cooked Amish Dinner Buffet. Adults: $11.00, Children 5-12: $5.50, Under 4: Free. Sunrise Bakery, Northeast of Bonaparte, 21913 White Ave. 

Dec. 1st, 7-9am
Breakfast on Main Street
Bonaparte - 
Full hot breakfast for a free will donation. Opera House, 614 1st Street.

Dec. 1st, 9am-5pm ~ Dec. 2nd, 9am-4pm
Candy & Cookie Walk
Farmington -
 Lots of holiday goodies and candy sold by the pound. EMT Building, 208 S 4th St.

Dec. 1st, 10am-4pm ~ Dec. 2nd, 12-4pm
Pioneer Home Driving Tour
Farmington -
 Visit the Pioneer Museum and get a map and listing of historical homes in Farmington and take off on a self-guided tour of these "pioneer homes." Prize drawing on Sunday, Dec. 9th, at 4pm for those who have visited over the weekend. 205 S. 4th St., next to Casey's. 

Dec. 1st, 10am-5pm
Bentonsport Country Christmas

Merchants dressed in 1840's period clothing will have treats and special activities in their shops as they celebrate the Christmas Holidays. 

~ First 20 people into the Artisan Co-Op will receive a gift.

Dec.1st, 11am-1pm
Homemade Soup Luncheon  
Bonaparte - 
Chili, Vegetable and Sausage Corn Chowder soup with homemade biscuits and desserts. Free will donation. Opera House, 614 1st Street.

Dec. 1st, 3pm
Holiday Tea Party 
Bentonsport -
 Sweet and savory finger food. $20.00, limited seating to 76. Get your tickets by calling 319-293-7111 or online at villagesofvanburen.com. The Stone House, 26985 Rte. J40. Sponsored by Van Buren County Historical Society.

Dec. 1st, 4-10pm
Late Night Gladness Sale! 
Cantril - 
The Dutchman's Store will be staying open later than normal for an exclusive late-night special. 103 Division St.

*NEW*
Dec. 1st, Doors Open at 
7:15pm, Show at 7:30pm
R.A.R.E Vintage Christmas  Show
Bonaparte - 
Enjoy a 1940’s-60’s vintage Christmas music and TV skits dessert theater. $15 per person. Opera House, 614 1st Street.

Dec. 2nd, 10:45am
Christmas Concert with the Kelly Sisters
Douds - A music ministry bringing forth God's word in song and testimony. Bethel Worship Center, south of Douds, 16682 Bethel Rock Ave.

Dec. 2nd, 6pm
Community Christmas Sing 
Douds -
 Free food and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to come and join in, an evening of singing together as well as special music. Christ United Methodist Church, 14491 Hwy 98.

Dec. 7th 5:30-6:30pm
First Iowa State Bank Holiday Event at Hotel Manning 
Keosauqua -
 Enjoy holiday cheer in Hotel Manning with carols, sweet treats, lights and children’s activity presented by the Villages Folk School. No admission. 100 Van Buren St. 

Dec. 7th & 8th, 6-8pm
"Road to Bethlehem" Live Nativity
Farmington -
 15 minute outdoor guided tour program telling the story of Jesus’ birth. There will be refreshments, crafts and pictures inside. No admission fee. First Baptist Church, 603 Tremont St.

*NEW*
Dec. 8th, 10am-4pm & 9th, 1-4pm

Glass Blown Ornament Making
Keosauqua -
 Experience the magic of glass blowing by creating your own glass blown ornament for the holidays. $25 per ornament. No appointment or reservations needed. Must be age 12 and up. Local art gallery will be open as well. For more information call 319-293-6168 or visit Bloomandbark.com. Bloom and Bark, 18517 County Rd. J40.

*NEW*
Dec. 8th, 10am-4pm, 9th, 1-4pm, 15th, 10am-4pm, 16th, 1-4pm & 22nd, 10am-4pm

Bloom and Bark Local Art Gallery

Keosauqua - Find a great gift for the holidays. Glass blown pieces and local artist art will be on display and for sale. Watch glass blowing demonstrations through the new viewing window. For more information call 319-293-6168 or visit Bloomandbark.com. Bloom and Bark, 18517 County Rd. J40.

Dec. 8th, 1-4pm ~ Dec. 9th, 1-4pm
Pioneer Home Driving Tour
Farmington -
 Visit the Pioneer Museum and get a map and listing of historical homes in Farmington and take off on a self-guided tour of these "pioneer homes."  Prize drawing on Sunday, Dec. 9th, at 4pm for those who have visited over the weekend. 205 S. 4th St., next to Casey's. 

Dec. 8th, 5-7pm
Soup Supper 
Stockport -
 Free will donation. There will also be an auction, entertainment by the children and a visit from Santa. American Legion Hall, 112 E Legion St.

Dec. 8th 5:30-?
Santa's visit to Milton
Milton - Soup supper (free will offering), craft and bake sale. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive around 6:30pm to visit with all the young folks. Milton Legion Hall, 324 E Old Main St. Sponsored by Milton Heritage Society.

Dec. 8th 6pm
Santa Claus comes to Douds
Soup Supper at 6pm (free-will offering), Santa and Horse-drawn wagon rides at 6:30pm. Community Center,14159 Hwy 98.

Dec. 14th, 6-8pm
Home Lighting Contest 
Cantril - Winners will be announced at the Soup Supper on Dec. 15th.

*NEW*
Dec. 15th 2-4pm

Cookies & Juice with Santa
Farmington -
 Children will decorate cookies & drink juice with Santa. Stone Lodge at Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave.

Dec. 15th, 5-7:30pm
Soup Supper & Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Cantril - Soup Supper 5-7pm (or until soup is gone), free will donation, Cantril Fire Station (104 W 3rd St.) Horse-drawn wagon rides around Cantril to look at Christmas lights. 5:30-7:30pm. Load at the Fire Station.

Dec. 17th-31st
Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture Annual Holiday Sale
Lebanon - 10% off all furniture & 5% off poly in-stock. 22769 Rte. V64, Milton. Open Mon-Sat. 8am-5pm. Closed Dec. 25th & 26th.

Dec. 23rd, 5pm
Soup Supper with Santa Claus 
Bonaparte - Free will donation. Opera House, 614 1st Street.

Dec. 24th, 11:00pm-12am
Service of Light
Milton - Come and experience the true meaning of Christmas. Milton Christian Church, 301 E. Oak St.

Dec. 31st, 5pm
New Year's Eve Sing
Keosauqua - Good Gospel music and family fellowship. Soups, drinks, table service provided and door prizes. Bring a covered dish to share if possible. No admission fee. Held at Roberts Memorial Building, 20497 Hwy. 1. N.

 
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