Christmas in the Villages
Nov. 28th - Dec. 31st, 2019
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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
Dec. 6th, 5-9pm ~ Dec. 7th, 9am-8pm ~ Dec. 8th, 12-3pm
Dozens of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, & table top trees based on the theme "Farmhouse Christmas" 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. A variety of live music and refreshments will be served throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Christmas for Kids.
Nov. 28th – Jan. 1st, Mon.-Thurs. 5-8p, Fri.-Sun. 5-10p
Cantril – Come drive or stroll through a fabulous Christmas display of lights at Waubonsie Campground. 601 W. North St.
Nov. 30th, 8am-5pm
Small Business Saturday
Keosauqua – Get a head start on your holiday shopping by visiting Keosauqua Chamber Businesses.
Nov. 30th, 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. 30th, 9am-11am
Cookies with Santa
Keosauqua – Enjoy cookies & milk with Santa, register to win a Vermont Christmas Bear, color a Christmas coloring page and have your cell phone ready to capture that moment with Santa. Hotel Manning, 100 Van Buren St.
Nov. 30th, 7pm
Light Up the Park
Farmington – Watch the park light up as you and your family drive or walk through the park at your leisure. Enjoy hot chocolate, cider & chili to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. 28163 Willow Ave.
Dec. 1st, 6pm
Douds Community Christmas Sing-along
Douds – Christmas community singing and sharing from the three churches in Douds. Refreshments and fellowship right after the service. Zion Bible Church, 15918 Hwy. 16.
Dec. 6th, 8am-5pm ~ Dec. 7th, 8am-1pm
Calico Country Christmas
Birmingham – Enjoy The Calico Press Holiday Open House. Shop the large selection of letterpress printed Cards, Prints, and Gifts. View the antique printing presses that were rescued and restored by owner, Mel Stockwell. 23096 Route J16.
Dec. 6th, 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.
Dec. 6th 5:30-6:30pm
Holidays at Hotel Manning
Keosauqua – Enjoy carols, treats and holiday cheer at Hotel Manning, hosted by First Iowa State Bank. Children’s art activity presented by the Villages Folk School. No admission. 100 Van Buren St.
Dec. 7th, 7-9am
Breakfast on Main Street
Bonaparte – Full hot breakfast for a free-will donation. Opera House, 614 1st St.
Dec. 7th, 8am-6pm ~
Holiday Gifts & Crafts
Farmington – Grab a friend and find that unique gift! Soup, sandwich & pie will be available for lunch. Farmington Community Center, 201 S. 4th St. For vendor information Call 319-677-0038.
Dec. 7th, 9am-5pm ~ Dec. 8th, 9am-4pm
Candy & Cookie Walk
Farmington – Lots of holiday goodies and candy sold by the pound. EMT Building, 208 S. 4th St.
Dec. 7th, 10am-4pm ~ Dec. 8th, 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." (205 S. 4th St., next to Casey's). Prize drawing on Sunday, Dec. 15th, at 4pm for those who have visited over the weekend.
Dec. 7th, 10am-4pm
1800’s St. Nick’s Stroll
Bentonsport – Get your game card at Bentonsport Artisans Coop and take it to each shop or attraction to be stamped for a chance to win a gift basket at the Greef General Store. Drawing will be at 4:30pm. Holiday treats will be available. 21986 Hawk Dr.
Dec. 7th, 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 St.
Dec. 7th, 10am-4pm ~ Dec. 8th, 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.
Dec. 7th, 10am-4pm ~ 8th, 1-4pm ~ 14th, 10am-4pm ~ 15th, 1-4pm ~ 21st, 10am-4pm
Bloom and Bark Local Art Gallery
Keosauqua – Shop glass blown pieces and art from local artists and discover the perfect gift for the holidays. For more information call 319-293-6168 or visit Bloomandbark.com. Bloom and Bark, 18517 County Rd. J40.
Dec. 7th, 5pm
Santa's visit to Milton
Milton – Soup supper (free-will offering). Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be stopping by to visit with all the young folks. Milton Legion Hall, 324 N. Main St.
Dec. 8th, 10:45am
Christmas Concert with Ernie & Jason Couch Revival
Douds – Christmas and gospel music southern style. BBQ dinner following the service. Free-will offering. Bethel Worship Center, 5 miles southwest of Douds, 16682 Bethel Rock Ave.
Dec. 14th ~ Dec. 15th, 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." (205 S. 4th St., next to Casey's). Prize drawing on Sunday, Dec. 15th at 4pm for those who have visited over the weekend.
Dec. 14th, 5-7pm
Stockport – Soup Supper, Entertainment, Basket Auction and Mr. & Mrs. Santa with treats for the kids at 6:30pm. American Legion Hall, 112 E Legion St.
Dec. 14th, 2-4pm
Cookie Decorating with Santa
Farmington – Children will decorate their own sugar cookie and have the chance to sit on Santa lap to tell him their Christmas wish. Be ready to take that special moment photo! Stone Lodge at Indian Lake Park, 28163 Willow Ave.
Dec. 14th, 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. 22nd, 10:45am
Drawing Closer Ministries
Douds – Join chalk artist & Bible teacher Randy Davis for this stimulating spiritual experience that combines Bible teaching, inspirational music & a powerful chalk illustration created before your eyes. Meal following service. Free-will offering. Bethel Worship Center, 5 miles southwest of Douds, 16682 Bethel Rock Ave.
Dec. 22nd, 5-7pm
Soup Supper with Santa Claus
Bonaparte – Enjoy Chili, Turkey & Noodle and Sausage Corn Chowder soup with cornbread and homemade desserts. Santa and his helpers will pass out gifts to the children. Free will donation. Opera House, 614 1st St.
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.