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Make the holidays memorable this year with a new spin on Christmas In The Park with new safe activities for families to do at home or at their leisure in the community. See Santa, write a letter, or enjoy the Peace Tree lighting. Plus, fun ways to stay safe shopping during the season!

Friday, December 4
Santa Wave l 5:30 p.m. l
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be cruising through Marion in style on a fire truck! Routes beginning at 5:30, 6:15 and 7:00. Come outside and wave! Map here.

Peace Tree Lighting l 6:00 pm l Tune in to Facebook Live to officially kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the Marion Community Peace Tree. Watch the stream on the Marion Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Keep Your Neighbors Warm Hats, gloves or blankets can be donated to the Keep Your Neighbors Warm truck during the Santa Wave parade route. Items donated will be distributed to area families in need through the Marion Holiday Giving Project. Items must be new with tags.

December 4 – 28
Letters to Santa |
 Drop off your letters to Santa at Santa’s House in Uptown Marion. Step inside for fun photo ops. If there is a return address, Santa will respond with a holiday greeting to letters left by December 18.

Story Walk l Uptown Marion l Enjoy a children’s holiday walking story! Look for pages of a fun holiday book in the windows of participation businesses in Uptown Marion. Map coming soon.

Cinnamon Craft Kits | Marion Uptown Library, 1064 7th Ave | Stop by for a take and make winter holiday kit from the Marion Public Library. Kits include a recipe for your own cinnamon ornament, make a dreidel, learn about Czech Christmas celebrations, and more!

Light The Night Holiday Lights Tour |Throughout Marion | Check out residential and business light displays. Map coming soon! Submit your home, business or property address by emailing by Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

Uptown Storefront Light Displays | Uptown Marion | Vote for your favorite holiday window display in Uptown! Take a stroll through the Uptown district and vote for your favorite window display using the QR code in the window. Voting runs from December 1st through December 31st.

Uptown Shop Local Giveaway | Uptown Marion | Shop participating businesses November 27 – December 21 for a chance to win Uptown Dollars! Look for the QR code to register to win $50 in Uptown Dollars. Drawing will take place on Mondays. No purchase necessary to register. Visit for a list of participating businesses, hours, and event specials.

Winter Wonderland Insta Challenge |Uptown Marion | Show off your photography skills with the Winter Wonderland Challenge. Uptown Marion is the perfect backdrop for your photos! Submit your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #Uptownmarion AND tag @Uptown_Marion. Post your submissions by January 31st for a chance to win $50 in Uptown Dollars. Posts may be featured in 2021 Uptown promotions with photo credits.

​Marion’s Home For The Holidays is presented by the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Marion Main Street. It remains a free thanks to the Marion Chamber Platinum Community Partners – Farmers State Bank, Summit Pointe Senior Living, ImOn Communications, MercyCare Community Physicians, and Z102.9 with support from the Marion Hotel/Motel Grant program.

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