Christmas in a Small Town

Christmas in a Small Town logoSaturday, December 5, 2020
Coon Rapids Main Street

Coon Rapids' annual holiday tradition began in 2008 as an evening filled with Christmas shopping and fellowship.  This year’s event promises to once again be a magical experience. In its 13th year, event organizers are adding live reindeer, lighted Christmas parade and drive-in movie to the line-up of family-friendly activities on Saturday, December 5. There will not, however, be a community meal or holiday concerts. 

We ask everyone to practice social distancing and wear a mask if that is not possible.

Click here to download the event schedule/flyer.

Shopping 10 a.m.  - 5 p.m.
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping. Downtown retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m. A full list of boutiques and stores is provided below.

Giving Tree all day | Frohlich’s SuperValu
Each tag on the Giving Tree lists the age, gender and wish list of an unidentified child from the area. Anyone is welcome to select a tag off the tree and purchase a corresponding gift for a child. The Giving Tree will be located at Frohlich's SuperValu for the first few weeks of December, and gifts can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office.

Outdoor inflatables for photos 10 a.m. – 5 pm. | Tony's Corner
Take a selfie by holiday outdoor inflatables.

Live Reindeer 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Veterans’ Memorial ParkReindeer
Get your photo taken in Santa’s magical sleigh with one of his live reindeer. The reindeer and sleigh will be located in the Veterans’ Memorial Park on Main Street. Make sure to bring your own camera or cell phone.

Horse-drawn Carriage rides 1-5 p.m. | Corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue
TAGA Ranch (Toni Robbins) will be downtown from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 offering horse-drawn carriage rides. Toni and her Sire horse named Trigger will provide rides for $5/person with a maximum of $20/family.

Mighty Clover 4H Grocery Grab and Dash Raffle – 1-5 p.m. | Raccoon River Social Club
Purchase a raffle ticket for the Mighty Clover 4H Club’s Grocery Grab and Dash. The winning raffle ticket holder will be given one minute to dash around Frohlich’s SuperValu and put as many grocery items in his/her cart as possible. A second grab and dash participant will do the same but the grocery items will be donated to the Coon Rapids and Bayard food pantry. The Mighty Clovers will pay for the groceries for both participants. Click here for more details.

KB Sweet Shop - 2-5 p.m. | 521 Main Street
KB Sweet Shop (Kristy Bass) will be selling holiday baked goods at 521 Main Street from 2-5 p.m.

scratch artGrab-and-go kids' crafts 2-5 p.m. cookie craft
Holiday crafts (cookie decorating kit, ornament craft kit, coloring pages) will be available for children to complete at home.  Purchase a $20 Kids’ Holiday Craft Kit for your kids to enjoy at home. Each kit includes:
- a cookie decorating kit (15 sugar cookies, 3 colors of buttercream icing and sprinkles)
- a Scratch Art ornament kit, (125 mini notes in 5 unique shapes plus wooden stylus). This kit was paid for by Christmas in a Small Town Sponsors.
- four holiday coloring pages
Order a kit by November 27 from Kristy Bass ([email protected], via FB or text 712.369.0759) and pick up at 521 Main Street.
or Tanya Wurzer ([email protected], via FB or text 712.830.0244) and pick up at Raccoon River Social Club.

Lighted parade with Mr. and Mrs. Claus 5:30 p.m.lighted parade
We are beyond excited to host a lighted Christmas parade this year! We have even received confirmation from Mr. and Mrs. Claus that they will anchor our parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. traveling through downtown and around Coon Rapids to add joy to the community. Click here to view the parade route. The theme is “Christmas Movies”. Please consider participating by decorating a vehicle (car, truck, UTV, fire truck, tractor, etc.) in lights and decorations. To participate, contact Laura Hachmeister (712-254-0545) or Kelly Pevestorf ([email protected] 712-790-0037) or click here to download a float registration form. Staging will begin by the Coon Rapids Municipal Building on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for 1st Place Best Theme, 2nd Place Best Theme, Most Creative and Best Light Show.

The GrinchDrive-in Movie 7:30 p.m. | Hartung Parking Lot
A drive-in movie will be set up in the Hartung parking lot (between 5th and 6th Avenues south of Main Street). Pile your kids or grandkids into the family vehicle to enjoy a showing of “The Grinch” provided by the Coon Rapids Library. Parking will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.

Order Out
While we wish we could partake in a community meal and fellowship, we encourage everyone instead to order a to-go meal from a local restaurant. Support our local eateries every Saturday in December by ordering a meal for yourself, friends and family. Local eatery options: Coon Bowl, Cady’s, Chuck’s Bar and Grill, La Terraza, Frohlich’s SuperValu and the Country Store.

Tis the season

Gifts for good little shoppers
In place of the traditional grand-prize drawings, the Christmas in a Small Town committee has partnered with Santa’s helpers to reward local shoppers with Coon Buck gift certificates this year. His elves will be randomly appearing around Coon Rapids between Thanksgiving and Christmas presenting Coon Bucks to shoppers. Shop local and you may be rewarded.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Mr. and Mrs. Claus are unable to greet every child at the Legion this year, but promise they are watching everyone very closely this year. They will make an appearance at the end of the parade, so make sure to watch the parade and wave at your favorite jolly couple.

Elf on the Shelf
Santa Claus notified the Coon Rapids staff that he is sending an “Elf on the Shelf” to watch over our children this year. The elf will move from storefront window to storefront window to keep an eye on our town. We’ll put out a daily Facebook post stating which business the Elf is visiting and encourage everyone to check out the elf. Photos with the elf and posted to the city’s Facebook page are highly recommended to show Santa all the good girls and boys in Coon Rapids.

Pallet Christmas trees
Businesses and organizations will use their creative skills to craft Christmas trees from wooden pallets. Travel around town to view their work and then click here to vote on your favorite. The winning trees decorators will win prize money. Winners will be announced December 21.

Avenue of Trees and Boulevard
Downtown storefronts will be lit up with festive Christmas trees. Stroll up and down the streets to view the holiday decor. Make sure to drive along the Main Street Boulevard to see the new tree displays there as well.

Dickens’ Village Display:
The Donna Kinnick and Keely Sanden-Kinnick family will set up their Dickens’ Village Display in the windows of Availa Bank.

Business Open Houses and Shopping Promotions
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping.  Downtown retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m.

Brown Bag & Co.  Holiday Open House 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chele's Corner Boutique & Consignments  Melissa and Doug items 20% off

Coon Rapids Hardware Hank  Open House; 5% of sales will be donated to the CR-B Second Grade Missouri Trip; in store specials

Coon Rapids Pharmacy  Christmas cookie treats and beverages

Frohlich's SuperValu  Purchase prefilled bags of groceries for the local food pantry. Open normal hours.

Nature Ammil  Open for holiday shopping

New Hope Bargain Shop  Storewide sales

Patriot Trainer Fitness  Christmas specials: Free 1st Phorm bar with any purchase AND Health & Wellness Vitamin Line Special: 10% off 1 item, 15% off 2 items and 20% off 3 or more items.

The Trading Post  Providing Tastefully Simple products with samples. Grab and Go gift specials for less than $20. Door prizes and more.

Village Hobby House  Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Drinks and Dinning

Local restaurants will be open all day and into the evening offering Christmas dinners and other tasty meals. Make sure to spread some holiday cheer to our local chefs by supporting their businesses (free delivery, dine-in or take-out available). This year there will not be a community meal at the Legion building.

Cady’s  Open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Chuck's Bar and Grill  $1 will be donated to the American Legion for every $5 bowl of chili sold. $9 Christmas dinner (ham balls, party potatoes or red potatoes, green bean casserole or cream peas, dinner roll and dessert) available from 11-1 and 4-7. Free delivery. Pickup, delivery or dine-in. Handing out a craft kit with a melted snowman (hot cocoa).

Coon Bowl III  Dine-in or carry out

Country Store  Open for take-out

Frohlich's SuperValu  Open for take-out

La Terraza Mexican Restaurant  Dine-in or carry out

Northside Recreation Parlor
  Happy hour specials all day.

      Thank you to the following businesses for supporting this great event. Without their financial support we could not provide this great event.

      Event Sponsor
      Coon Rapids Development Group

      14’ Prelit Christmas Tree Sponsors
      Coon Rapids Hardware Hank
      Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities
      Coon Rapids Rotary
      IMT Grant
      Iowa Savings Bank
      New Way Ford and Fast Lane Motor Parts

      Major Sponsors
      AV Photography
      Availa Bank
      Carroll Area Nursing
      Chele’s Corner Boutique & Consignments
      Community Insurance Agency
      Coon Bowl III
      Coon Rapids Enterprise
      Coon Rapids Pharmacy
      Country Store
      CR Axis Seed
      CR Fit
      Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home
      E.T. Products
      Frohlich’s SuperValu
      Gurney Parker Post 357, The American Legion
      Heritage Insurance & Real Estate
      John Nielson Trucking
      KD Portables
      Lewis Chiropractic PC
      Lloyd’s Repair
      Main Street Coon Rapids
      Muhr’s rental
      Nature Ammil
      New Way Ford
      NV Tree Service
      Patriot Trainer Fitness
      POET Biorefining - Coon Rapids
      Raccoon River Social Club
      Reis Lawn Care
      Resurrection Rides, LLC
      Riverview Salon
      Robyn Eddy--ZYIA Active Rep
      South Sign Company
      Spangler Automotive
      T & D Standard
      The Trading Post
      Tony’s Corner
      Venteicher Electric

      Lighted Parade Sponsor
      Community Insurance Agency

      Holiday Sponsors
      Alpine Car Wash
      American Legion Auxiliary
      Brown Bag & Co.
      Clayburg Seeds
      Kristy’s Kut
      Mohr Construction
      Shear Design
      The Rookery Cottage
      Thomas Rest Haven
      Willenborg Trucking & Seeds
      Natural Expression Photography
      Ribbons and Roses Greenhouse


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