Holiday on Central

Annual family-centered holiday celebration to be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in FD

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Grayson Chance, 7, tells Santa about his Christmas wishes. The line reached out the front doors at the library with children waiting to see Santa Claus at the Lights on Central celebration in 2016.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Grayson Chance, 7, tells Santa about his Christmas wishes. The line reached out the front doors at the library with children waiting to see Santa Claus at the Lights on Central celebration in 2016.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way of getting into the Christmas spirit than celebrating the season downtown during the Fort Dodge’s annual Holiday on Central?

“Once again we have a great, fun night planned for Holiday on Central, our community tradition that officially marks the beginning of the holiday season,” Jon Shields, communication specialist at Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, said. “We look forward to a night filled with holiday excitement and fun activities for families and children.”

The annual Holiday on Central, sponsored by the Growth Alliance, will be held on Monday.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Santa will come down Central Avenue and will make his way to the square for the lighting of the outdoor tree at the gazebo in front of the Fort Dodge Public Library to officially begin the holiday season.

Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich and Santa will then usher all the kids and families into the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave., for the remainder of the Holiday on Central celebration.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

That face you make when Santa Claus arrives ... as demonstrated by Maverick Rasch, 4, at the Lights on Central celebration at the Fort Dodge Public Library in 2016. Rasch and his brother Declan Rasch, 2, were among hundreds of children celebrating as St. Nick arrived by fire truck at the city square.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
That face you make when Santa Claus arrives ... as demonstrated by Maverick Rasch, 4, at the Lights on Central celebration at the Fort Dodge Public Library in 2016. Rasch and his brother Declan Rasch, 2, were among hundreds of children celebrating as St. Nick arrived by fire truck at the city square.

Children will be able to take pictures with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. Those who wish to have their picture taken with Santa are encouraged to provide their own cameras.

This year there will also be holiday crafts for kids to make, Christmas cookies to decorate, and local choirs singing traditional Christmas carols.

“We want to provide a positive, family-friendly event that celebrates the holiday spirit and highlights the great opportunities our downtown has to offer,” Shields said.

Weather permitting, there will also be hayrides down Central Avenue.

“The city of Fort Dodge will provide the lights and decorations for the gazebo that Santa will be lighting,” Shields said.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

 Ronan Kavanaugh, 4, left, and James Kavanaugh, 5, add sprinkles to their Christmas cookies after applying frosting at Lights on Central in 2016. The cookie station proved to be a popular stop. 
Ronan Kavanaugh, 4, left, and James Kavanaugh, 5, add sprinkles to their Christmas cookies after adding some frosting at Lights on Central Monday. The cookie station proved to be a popular stop.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Ronan Kavanaugh, 4, left, and James Kavanaugh, 5, add sprinkles to their Christmas cookies after applying frosting at Lights on Central in 2016. The cookie station proved to be a popular stop. Ronan Kavanaugh, 4, left, and James Kavanaugh, 5, add sprinkles to their Christmas cookies after adding some frosting at Lights on Central Monday. The cookie station proved to be a popular stop.

The event has co-sponsors, who include the Fort Dodge Noon Lions, Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, Great Western Bank, Webster County Conservation, Becker Florist, Kemna Auto, Fort Dodge Postal Service, Fort Dodge Senior High, St. Edmond High School, and the Holiday on Central volunteer committee.

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