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Go Christmas Caroling through History

Event takes place in Oak Hill Historic District

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Armona Redenius, director of the Sonshine Singers, leads the group in Christmas carols during the 2018 Christmas Caroling Through History event in the Oak Hill Historic District.

Christmas carols, hot chocolate, Santa Claus and history will all come together next weekend for the third annual Christmas Caroling Through History event on Dec. 15 in the Oak Hill Historic District of Fort Dodge.

Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ringland-Smeltzer House, 1019 Second Ave. S., where guests can check in to receive a map and historical handout before they make their way through the neighborhood for caroling.

Jenn Becker and her husband, Luke, started the Christmas Caroling Through History event three years ago.

“We actually live in the Oak Hill district ourselves and just really appreciate the history of the neighborhood so we just wanted to come up with a way for the community to celebrate the history,” Jenn Becker said.

All ages are encouraged to attend, Becker said.

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Elya Petersen, then 2, of Fort Dodge, carefully looks at Santa Claus during the 2018 Christmas Caroling Through History event in the Oak Hill Historic District.

Tours of the first floor of the Ringland-Smeltzer House will be available, as well as photos with Santa for all ages.

“There’s some really phenomenal singing for older participants to enjoy and take in all the sights of the Christmas decorations,” Becker said. There will also be singing opportunities for younger carolers as well.

In addition to the Ringland-Smeltzer House, both Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St., and the Swain-Webb Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S., will be open for tours and refreshments.

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