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November 25th- December 22nd
St. Luke’s Partners bring Santa’s House to Siouxland
The holidays will officially kick off with the opening of Santa’s House, an annual Siouxland tradition, on Monday, November 25 at its new location, 416 5th Street in Sioux City.
At Santa’s House, children can visit with Santa, create free holiday craft projects, enjoy delicious treats from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and shop Santa’s Nifty Gift Shop for gift ideas. Admission to Santa’s House is free, and gifts in Santa’s Nifty Gift Shop are no more than $5 each. Presented by UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Partners, Santa’s House is a fundraiser for UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network.
Santa’s House will begin with opening night on Monday, November 25 from 7 pm to 8 pm and run through Sunday, December 22.
• Thursday, December 5, 12 and 19: 6 pm to 8 pm
• Saturday, November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21: 10 am to 4 pm
• Sunday, December 1, 8, 15 and 22: Noon to 4 pm
A special needs day for children with emotional, mental or physical challenges will be held on Tuesday, December 3. Please call 279-3220 for additional details.
Over the past 25 years, Santa’s House has raised more than $221,000 to benefit Siouxland children.
For more information, visit unitypoint.org/santa.
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November 25th-December 5th
Festival of Trees
21st Annual Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees Committee invites all to attend the 21st Annual Festival of Trees beginning November 25th at the Ho-Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa. This year the charity receiving the proceeds from the auction is the Siouxland Paramedics, Inc. who will use the funds to purchase “AutoPulse” backboards which assist with CPR. The Festival of Trees has raised over $285,000 for local charities over the last 20 years. The opening celebration for this year’s Festival of Trees will on November 25 in coordination with the “Downtown for the Holidays” celebration with a parade, entertainment, and Santa.
The Grace United Methodist Church Solid Brass Bell Choir will “ring in” the Festival of Trees with a performance beginning at 6:30 PM. The festive spirit will continue with Ballet Sioux dancing selections from their upcoming event. The Mount Zion Baptist Church Choir will be next and festivities will wrap up with performances by Socorra’s Performance Arts.
The Festival of Trees Committee invites the public to come and join us this festive evening, view the trees, talk with an elf and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the holiday entertainment.
A variety of decorated Holiday trees, wreaths and other items have been donated by local businesses, individuals, families, schools and organizations. The public may view the trees from November 25 to December 5 with viewing hours Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (including Thanksgiving Day) and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The “Critics Choice Awards” will be chosen by local “Celebrities”, who will be judging the items on display and will choose their favorites in different categories. These will be presented at the Auction on November 25.
Once again, the Festival of Trees will have a GIVING TREE for people who would like to donate an item for the charity. The public can take a snowflake from the tree, purchase the item and return it to the Giving Tree (by December 5). The Siouxland Paramedics will distribute food items, as well as clothing items while they are between routes.
On December 5, our live auction, conducted by Bruce Brock, will be held to raise money for the Siouxland Paramedics (to purchase “Auto Pulse” Backboards) starting at 6:30 p.m. From November 25 through December 4, silent bids will be taken with the auction starting at the highest confirmed silent bid. The Festival of Trees Committee hopes that people place silent bids and join in the auction to raise money for this year’s charity.
The Festival of Trees Committee invites you to join in the holiday spirit, view the trees, place a bid and support a local charity. Sponsors this year include ABC Channel 9 KCAU, KISS 107-FM, KG-95, the Sioux City Journal, Cartridge World, M & M Copy Quick, Ho-Chunk Centre, 4th Street Centre, Claeys Brothers Moving and Storage, and “Hitches, Trailers and More”.
Special thanks to Caribou Coffee, Sweetwater at Ho-Chunk Centre, US Bank, Mrs. Claus and her elves.
2013 Festival of Trees – Tree Sponsors
A Step in Thyme, Alpha Omicron Pi - Morningside Co, Associates for Psychiatric Services, BioLife Plasma Services, Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates, Community Action Agency Crossroads Shelter, Contemporary Dance Studio, Ehrich Law Offices-South Sioux City & Kingsley, Embassy Health Care Community, Fast Credit Card Approval, Fawn M O'Callaghan & Julia Miller, FEH Associates, Inc, Great Southern Bank, Hair Affair - Marsha Barrs, Ho-Chunk, Inc., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society, Isagenix, Jackson Girl Scout Juliettes, Jacobsma Jewelry, Jan Carter, June E Nylen Cancer Center, KG95, Lawton-Bronson National Honor Society, Marco, Inc., Mercy Medical Center, Midlands Clinic, PC, Morgan Stanley, Morningside College Student Ambassadors, Moville Masters 4-H, New Perspectives, Inc. Life Enrichment Center, Nick McGowan, North High School Student Council, Opportunities Unlimited & Jumpy Monkey Coffee Roasting Co., Pat & Amy Kallsen, Peer Center for Autism, Preceptor Delta Epsilon Chapter - Beta Sigma Phi, Riverside Lutheran Church, Rosey Stronck, Salvation Army, Sarah's Candies, Scheels All Sports, Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School Student Council, Shari Black-Independent Beauty Consultant, Sioux City Explorers, Sioux City Police Officers Assoc & Auxiliary, Sioux City Symphony, Siouxland Paramedics, Siouxland Professional Women in Building (Home Builders), St. Luke's College, Stream Global Services, Sunrise Retirement Community, The Carlberg Family, The Cole Family, The Julch Family, The Mertens Family, Unity Point Health - Siouxland PACE, Urbie Urbanos @ Hey, Sweet Cakes!, US Bank (Morningside Branch), Washington Elementary Student Council, Wells Fargo Bank Partners, West High Student Council, Winna-Vegas Casino, Xi Gamma Gamma - Beta Sigma Phi, Fox on 5th
For more information, contact Dr. Tom Molstad at 712-276-7742.,
Downtown for the Holidays 2013
Downtown Sioux City Lights Up For The Holidays
Kick off the holiday season in downtown as we welcome you to enjoy an evening full of activities for the entire family! "Downtown for the Holidays" is scheduled for Monday, November 25th.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 231 presents the 2013 Holiday Lighted Parade that will start at 6:15 on 4th and Iowa Streets and jingle its way down 4th Street. With your help, Santa will light up the holiday tree at 6:45 at 4th and Nebraska Streets (The Sioux City Public Museum). By 7:00 p.m. Santa will be anxious to make his way to Santa’s House at 416 5th Street where children can present him with their wish list, take pictures and warm up with some hot cider and cookies.
This evening will also mark the opening night of the Festival of Trees at the Ho-Chunk Centre atrium (600 4th Street) starting at 6:45 with the Grace United Methodist Church's Solid Brass Bell Choir, followed by Ballet Sioux and much more. Trees will be on display from November 25th – December 5th. The 2013 tree auction will be held on December 5th with proceeds going to the Siouxland Paramedics, a 501(c)3 organization that will use the money to purchase Auto Pulse backboards, used to assist with CPR. During the holiday season, Santa’s House will be open from November 30th – December 22nd on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm, Saturdays from 10am-4pm and on Sundays from 12pm-4pm.
A special thank you to our presenting sponsor, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 231 for helping make the parade possible; to the City of Sioux City; to ABM Parking Services; and to American Family Insurance – Todd Stanley Agency and the Sioux City Public Museum for their involvement with the holiday tree.
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