Mount Vernon and Lisbon ready to ring in the holiday season

Magical Night is Nov. 30, Holiday Jubilee is Dec. 9

Talia Hartelt (center) of Lisbon pets a llama owned by Carlena and Jim Minor of Martelle at Magical Night in Mount Vernon on Dec. 1, 2016. Stores and business opened their doors for an evening of caroling, trolley rides, Santa and a live nativity scene. People watch young dancers from Dance Arts Iowa perform in a “live window” at the Palisades Cafe at Magical Night in Mount Vernon on Dec. 1, 2016. Stores and business opened their doors for an evening of caroling, trolley rides, Santa and a live nativity scene. This year’s Magical Night event takes place Nov. 30. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Talia Hartelt (center) of Lisbon pets a llama owned by Carlena and Jim Minor of Martelle at Magical Night in Mount Vernon on Dec. 1, 2016. Stores and business opened their doors for an evening of caroling, trolley rides, Santa and a live nativity scene. People watch young dancers from Dance Arts Iowa perform in a “live window” at the Palisades Cafe at Magical Night in Mount Vernon on Dec. 1, 2016. Stores and business opened their doors for an evening of caroling, trolley rides, Santa and a live nativity scene. This year’s Magical Night event takes place Nov. 30. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The cities of Mount Vernon and Lisbon are preparing the ring in the holiday season with a pair of events — the first set for Nov. 30 in Mount Vernon and the second taking place Dec. 9 in Lisbon. Together, the events are part of Hometown Holidays, a monthlong celebration promoted by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group.

Mount Vernon’s 27th annual Magical Night takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at several locations throughout Uptown Mount Vernon. Lisbon’s Holiday Jubilee takes place Saturday, Dec. 9. Both events include visits from Santa and loads of holiday fun and good cheer.

Magical Night

Magical Night is a celebration of the season that begins on the lawn of the First Street Community Center, 221 First St. NE, Mount Vernon. Santa will help light up the town at that time.

This will be followed by a wide range of events along Mount Vernon’s historic First Street that include visits and photos with Santa in the Mount Vernon Bank & Trust building, a Holiday Craft Bazaar in the basement of City Hall, a live Nativity at Memorial Park and live music and activities in almost every Uptown building.

Returning this year is a performance by the Mount Vernon High School Jazz Band in the old fire station, 213 First St. NW. Popular returning stops including the International and Multicultural Holiday Celebration at Cornell College’s Stoner House, sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life, and the growing series of animatronic window displays in several area businesses titled “Animenagerie.”

Two historic Trolley Cars will be on site offering free rides up and down the street connecting festivalgoers to all activities. And a trackless train will be running throughout the evening in the parking lot of Iowa Physical Therapy, 108 First St. SE.

“Magical Night event is one of our most anticipated events of 2017,” said Matt Siders, chairman of the Hometown Holidays Committee. “With lights and reindeer, trolley cars, and Santa Claus himself, there is something for everyone this holiday season in Mount Vernon and Lisbon. The holiday season is a great time to discover the small-town magic of these two great communities.”

Holiday Jubilee

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This year’s Holiday Jubilee features activities throughout the day on Dec. 9, beginning with Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, at 9 a.m. at the Lisbon History Center, 102 E. Main St. During the event, members of United Methodist Church of Lisbon will be conducting their Christmas Cookies for Christ sale outside the history center.

A Holiday Bazaar Craft Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lisbon City Hall. Admission is free.

Other holiday activities that day include an ornament-making workshop at the Lisbon Library and cookie decorating at Southeast Linn Community Center. Both events are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about these events and other Hometown Holidays events, go to visitmvl.com.

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