Art, Music, Shopping, and Fun at Delano’s Old-Fashioned Christmas
Come experience an Old-Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown Delano on Saturday, December 1st from 10 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by the Delano Area Council of Arts and Culture, the 4th annual event is free to all and will be held in sun or snow.
A featured part of the event is the Art Walk. Downtown businesses open their doors for more than 20 area artists to exhibit and sell their work. Artwork includes photography, painting, jewelry, and creations made of glass, paper, fabric, wood and metal. As you visit with the artists and learn about their work, get your program stamped and enter a drawing to win original pieces of art from participating artists.
Plan on some additional gift shopping at the Rivertown Boutique located in the Community Education building featuring crafts and other home based products. Then stop by the Heritage Center to see weaving and spinning demonstrations plus more creations available for purchase. You can also select a fresh Christmas tree from the Delano Lions Club special display.
The Arts Council has planned activities for all ages. The littlest ones can join in the ECFE Teddy Bear Tea with stories and “tea” at the Community Ed building and all children who participate in the Holiday Hunt will receive a gift bag and a chance to win prizes. The library will display art by middle and high school students and will give children an opportunity to create a holiday ornament to keep.
Entertainment throughout the day is provided by carolers on the street and holiday programs in the Senior Center including church and student choirs, a bell choir and area musicians. Characters from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol will wander the streets to add to the fun.
You can pick up a map and schedule of all the events at the City Hall on Bridge and 2nd Streets. The Big Woods Garden Club will be there too with their gift of indoor bulbs.
The Old-Fashioned Christmas in Historical Downtown Delano is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, with money from the State’s general fund.