Christmas is coming to downtown

Shopping, tree lighting, parade and fireworks on tap for Port Saturday

AS PORT WASHINGTON readies for the holiday season and its kickoff event, Christmas on the Corner on Saturday, Dec. 1, street department worker Trevor Robishaw installed a classic decoration on a lightpole near downtown. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff

“Countdown to Christmas” is the theme for this year’s Christmas on the Corner celebration in downtown Port Washington on Saturday, Dec. 1 — the official opening of the holiday season.

Christmas on the Corner will run from 3 to 7 p.m. and include a wide variety of activities, from the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at the foot of St. Mary’s Hill and the holiday parade to a fireworks show over Rotary Park.

Carolers from Port Washington High School and costumed characters will stroll the streets throughout the event.

Christmas on the Corner, which is sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., kicks off from 3 to 5:45 p.m. with special sales at area shops, where merchants will offer refreshments to warm customers.

Youngsters are invited to participate in the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt. Participants will scour designated downtown shops to find the Elf on the Shelf hidden within, then turn in sheets denoting their finds for a drawing. 

Visitors may climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon at the corner of West Grand Avenue and South Wisconsin Street and enjoy a ride through the heart of the city. Rides are $5 per person and $20 for a family.

“The Santa Clause” holiday movie, courtesy of Marcus Theaters, will play on the patio at Beanie’s restaurant at the corner of Grand Avenue and Wisconsin Street throughout the event.

Children can write their holiday letters at Vines to Cellar and mail them to Santa via a special mailbox at the post office on East Main Street. Youngsters who write their letters at home can mail them at the box, but are asked to make sure their return address is on the envelope and their age is listed as well so Santa’s elves can respond.

Children can also decorate cookies at Daily Baking Co. and stop at Port Washington State Bank to visit and have their pictures taken with Santa. They can decorate ornaments at Blue Awning Gallery, and do crafts at the Port Exploreum and the Niederkorn Library, where a book sale will be held.

Live reindeer will be on Main Street near Franklin Street, where visitors may have their pictures taken with the animals.

A decorated sleigh will be on the east end of Main Street along the north slip marina, creating a scenic backdrop for families who want to take a festival photograph.

Youngsters can also visit and have their photos taken with princesses at Biever Travel and with Mary Poppins, who will be at Coca Lena and Broadway Popcorn during the event.

Throughout Christmas on the Corner, Port Main Street Inc. will be selling tickets to a drawing for a private viewing for 50 people of any movie showing at the Saukville Marcus Theater. Popcorn and soda will be provided for each person attending, and there will be no blackout dates.

The tickets will cost $5 each or three for $10, and they will be sold at Beanie’s, Port Washington State Bank and at the corner of Franklin and Main streets near the reindeer. 

The winner will be picked at the end of the night and contacted by Port Main Street. Proceeds will support Port Main Street events.

The tree lighting and caroling are scheduled for 6 p.m. Port Washington Mayor Marty Becker and his family will light the tree.

The festival theme will be highlighted during the Christmas parade at 6:15 p.m. The parade will kick off at the corner of Jackson and Franklin streets, head south on Franklin Street to Grand Avenue and proceed west on Grand Avenue to Milwaukee Street, where it will end.

The parade will feature more than 35 units, including floats, bands, clowns and the Wacky Wheeler, who has been in more than 1,200 parades and will count the Christmas parade as his last.  The highlight will be the official arrival of Santa Claus on a sleigh atop the Main Street float.

The Port Washington High School United for Youth group will be collecting toys and cash donations to support the Kapco Kids to Kids Toy Drive during the parade.

Following the parade, the crowd will move toward Rotary Park to view holiday fireworks, the only winter fireworks show in Ozaukee County.


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