A caroling you can go!

Tune up the pipes and wrap yourself in community spirit

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Christmas Caroling Through History is 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 17. Check in at the Smeltzer House, pictured.

Join fellow carolers tonight for Christmas Caroling through History and holiday goodies, as participants tour the Oak Hill Historic District and admire the outdoor decorations adorning the homes there.

“Enjoy the sounds of caroling as you explore the historic district, while admiring the history and Christmas decor of the 10 locations,” Jennifer Becker said.

Check in at the Ringland-Smeltzer house at 6 p.m. to receive a map and historical handout. Plus, those who are interested can take a photo with Santa.

Participants can expect to observe outdoor Christmas decor as they walk through the neighborhood. The historical handout will guide everyone with a map and information about each location participating in the event.

“There will be caroling groups on the steps of a few of the stops, anyone walking through the downtown historic district will be able to join in with the carolers if they want,” Becker said.

Classic Christmas carols will include, but won’t be limited to ”Jingle Bells,” ”Deck the Halls,” and ”Silent Night.”

Along the way of Christmas Caroling through History there will be food and drinks offered to guests. All the food and drink offered is either free will donation or free. There will be hot chocolate, hot cider, and small snacks provided by Grace Lutheran Church.

“We will also have a live nativity scene at Grace Lutheran Church,” Becker said.

The Ringland-Smeltzer and Swain-Webb-Vincent Houses will be open for tours allowing everyone to walk through the houses.

Christmas Caroling through History will be held until 8 p.m. today. This is a come and go event.

“My husband and I love the history of our neighborhood and wanted to highlight it with this event,” Becker said. ”It is important to remember where we came from, and we thought this would be a fun way to celebrate the history, while also celebrating the upcoming holiday. We were both born and raised in Fort Dodge and wanted to contribute to the events offered in our community.”

Oak Hill Historic District would like to thank their sponsors of the event: Becker Florists, Mikos and Matt Furniture, and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum who donated giftcards to use as a marketing promotion.

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