Sunday tree lighting at plaza to mark start of annual celebration that culminates with parade on Nov. 28
The spirit of Christmas is beginning to glow again in Grafton.
Holiday festivities in the village officially start Sunday, Nov. 22, when the annual tree-lighting ceremony is held at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Plaza downtown.
In addition to more than 20 decorated trees lining the plaza, the event will feature music, hot chocolate and cookies. Holiday selections will be performed by the Scholas Cantus Choir of St. Joseph Parish in Grafton.
Jolly the Elf will be on hand to collect letters to Santa from children and hand out treats. Kids are reminded to include their name and address on each letter so Mr. Claus can send prompt replies.
During the festivities, the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce will present its annual award for the outstanding community group. This year’s recipient is Grafton Area Live Arts (see related story).
The celebration continues Saturday, Nov. 28, with Breakfast With Santa and the 36th annual Christmas parade. Both events are presented by the Chamber.
The breakfast, which is sponsored by Cornerstone Community Bank, will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Circle B Recreation Center, 6261 Hwy. 60, Cedarburg.
A buffet meal will feature pancakes, sausage links, applesauce, juice, milk and coffee. The meal will be served by the Grafton Lions Club.
Families are invited to bring their cameras to take photos with Santa and costumed characters, including Jerry and Stuart of the Minions, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen,” Bob the Builder and others. The cost of the breakfast is $5.50 for children and $7.50 for adults. Reservations and payments are required by Nov. 23.
Jolly the Elf and friends will collect letters to Santa during the breakfast and at the Christmas parade, which is sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s.
“Celebrate the Season” is the theme of this year’s parade, which begins at 11 a.m. and travels through downtown Grafton.
More than 10,000 spectators line the streets each year to enjoy the spectacle.
The two-hour procession will feature more than 130 units, including marching bands, drill teams, floats, civic groups and costumed figures, as well as a special appearance by Santa on his sleigh.
Gene Schmit will be this year’s parade marshal.
The parade starts at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Washington Street, proceeds east to Wisconsin Avenue and travels south.
For more information on Grafton’s holiday festivities, visit www.grafton-wi.org or call the Chamber at 377-1650.
GETTING READY FOR this year’s Breakfast With Santa С which will be presented Saturday, Nov. 28, by the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce С are (front row, from left) Connor, Joey and Aurora Zinuticz, Jolly the Elf (Marisa Baese), Santa Claus, event chairman Becki Schimpf of Cornerstone Community Bank and Cornerstone Community Bank President Paul Foy. Photo by Sam Arendt