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Christmas In The Park & Peppermint Walk
December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rich in traditional holiday activities, Christmas In The Park kicks off the holiday season for Marion.You won’t want to miss this family event that has been a tradition in Uptown Marion for over 25 years. Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa & popcorn, holiday music and the lighting of the Peace Tree. Don’t forget the jolly man himself! Santa and Mrs Claus arrive in style escorted by the Marion Fire Department.
Stroll Uptown Marion and visit shops filled with one of a kind, unique goods and services. Shoppers will receive a peppermint treat at participating businesses and may enter for a chance to win gift certificates.
Rich in traditional holiday activities, Christmas In The Park kicks off the holiday season for Marion.
2017 Schedule of Events
All activities are FREE thanks to our event sponsors.
Arrival of Santa Claus
4 p.m. – Don’t miss the grand arrival of our special guests by fire truck! Santa, Mrs. Claus and their special reindeer will visit with children from 4 – 8 p.m.
Hot Cocoa and Popcorn
4 p.m. – Enjoy hot cocoa and fresh popcorn while supplies last.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
4 – 8 p.m. – Create a special memory with your family by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around City Square Park
Keep Your Neighbors Warm
4 – 8 p.m. – The public is invited to bring donations of new hats, gloves or blankets. Look for the Peppermint Express and help our conductors fill the caboose! Items donated will be distributed to area families in need through the Marion Holiday Giving Project to help families in our community.
Eastern Iowa Brass Band
4 – 5:30 p.m. – Enjoy holiday sounds from this quintet near the Depot.
Elsa and Anna Visit with Children
5 – 7 p.m. – A special visit with your favorite princesses from Disney’s Frozen, Elsa and Anna will visit with children in the park.
6 p.m. – Officially kick off the festivities with the lighting of the Marion Community Peace Tree.
6 p.m. – Sing along with this family of carolers as they stroll the park.
Holiday Activities at the Library
4-7 p.m. – Holiday Book and Music Sale
5-7 p.m. – Make & Take Craft
6-6:30 p.m. – Holiday Tuba Ensemble
Holiday Jazz at Marion Heritage Center
5:30-6:30 – The Marion Big Band will play a mix of jazzy holiday tunes as well as a few classic big band favorites. Stop in, warm up, and enjoy live music.
Peppermint Walk Shopping Event
Visit participating Uptown Marion merchants, restaurants and businesses during this special holiday open house. All of the stores will be decorated with holiday lights, decorations and music making this a great compliment to the Park activities. Present a receipt from a purchase made during the event at any Uptown Marion business and be registered to win one of two $50 gift certificates to participating Uptown businesses.
Ali’s Weeds Floral and Gift Boutique
Awaken Vitality Holistic Healing
The Artisan’s Sanctuary
Brick Alley Pub & Sports Bar (21+)
The Chocolate Shop
Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty
The DAISY – crazy daisy
The Desert Frog
Di Moda Boutique.
DKW Gallery & Studios
Fashion Par Kitchens
Iowa Popcorn Company
JOY, Women’s Clothing & Accessories
The Kettel House
Lillians of Marion
Marion Historical Society & Marion Heritage Center
Noah’s Archive Christian Books
Philip’s Diamond Shop
Ramsey’s Wine Bistro
ReAlive Metaphysical & Repurposing
The Famous Mockingbird Merchant Shop
Treasure Chest Collectibles
Uptown Snug (21+)
Zio Johno’s Marion
All activities are free thanks to our Platinum Community Partner: Farmers State Bank, Fosters Heating & Air Conditioning, ImOn Communications, MercyCare Community Physicians, and Townsquare Media.