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Santa coming to town Friday in the Twilight Christmas Parade

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The Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce will host the 2011 Hometown Holiday Celebration from Friday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Dec. 17.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides through historic downtown Chesterton. Rides begin by the flagpole along Broadway in the Chamber parking lot. This is a very popular event, so be sure to line up early.

From 4 p.m.-7 p.m. the Kiwanis Club will sell hot chocolate and conduct a toy drive next to the carriage ride line-up. Toys will be donated to the Salvation Army for the Christmas holiday.

The Twilight Christmas Parade steps off from Chesterton Middle School at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the 25th.

The Parade, which will feature more than 40 entries, including the Chesterton High School pep band and an appearance by Santa Claus, will march east on Broadway, south on Calumet and west on Porter Ave. to the Brown Mansion.

“Parade Presents,” special coupons to local Chamber member businesses, will be gifted to many watching the Parade.

Parents should take special care to make sure their children remain a safe distance from parade floats. Drivers of floats, fire trucks and other vehicles do not have perfect visibility of spaces next to and between parade entries.

After the Twilight Christmas Parade, children may visit Santa in the Santa House in Thomas Centennial Park from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Each child will be gifted with a coloring book and crayons, donated by Chamber member Applebee’s.

Santa also will be in Thomas Park every Saturday leading up to Christmas from 10 a.m.-Noon, and again from 1 p.m.-3 p.m..

The Mistletoe Market will be held at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 South Fifth St., Chesterton, on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

This holiday shopping event will offer fresh food vendors, fresh Christmas trees and greens, live Christmas music, photos with Santa for children and an extraordinary selection of products from local artists and merchants.

All visitors to the Mistletoe Market will be gifted with special coupons to Chamber member businesses, as well as the opportunity to win products, gift baskets and gift certificates donated by Chamber organizations.

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or call the Chamber office at (219) 926-5513.

Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

The 2011 Hometown Holiday Celebration will kick off Friday, November 25 with the Twilight Christmas Parade. More than 40 organizations will take part in this year’s parade, which will step off from Chesterton Middle School at 5:30 p.m.

The parade will move north on 6th Street to Broadway, turn right to follow Broadway through downtown Chesterton, then south on Calumet to Porter Avenue. The parade then moves west on Porter Ave., returning to the Middle School parking lot by the Brown Mansion.

Information for parade participants: Lineup will begin at 4:00 p.m. Enter the parade lineup area from Porter Ave. at the Westchester Historical Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue. The staging area will be directly behind Chesterton Middle School. Each unit number will be marked in this area. Please inform the entire entry group of this unit number. Unit #1 will stage in the parking lot nearest Morgan Ave.

Phone the Chesterton / Duneland Chamber of Commerce office at 926,5513 for questions.



Posted 11/23/2011