For more than 11 years, the Cottage Grove PTO, along with various civic groups, have worked to host the Holiday Festival for the entire family at the Cottage Grove Elementary School. The PTO's event is planned for Saturday, Dec. 6.
This year, the Chamber of Commerce hosts its second Christmas in the Grove, with events showcasing local businesses. The chamber's activities begin Friday, Dec. 5, and conclude on Sunday with a breakfast buffet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Take a free horse-drawn wagon ride through Cottage Grove, with stops at four Cottage Grove locations. The wagon rides take place Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Are your kids anxious to get a glimpse of Santa? Santa, joined by Mrs. Claus, will arrive in Cottage Grove on Friday, at 7 p.m. for the chamber's tree lighting ceremony featuring Cottage Grove Elementary singers at the Wisconsin Community Bank. On Saturday, Santa will arrive at 10 a.m. at the PTO's Holiday Festival at the Cottage Grove Elementary School. Santa will visit with kids until 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Lionesses will photograph and distribute goody bags to kids visiting Santa.
The weekend's activities include the following events:
The PTO’s Holiday Festival, Cottage Grove Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.:
-- a craft fair with more than 40 vendors begins at 9 a.m. Check your coats in the IMC (library), hosted by the Cub Scouts.
-- Santa, joined by Mrs. Claus, will arrive at 10 a.m. by fire truck. The Lionesses will photograph the kids visiting Santa and hand out goody bags.
-- Kids can shop in the Elf Shelf for gifts for the family. Gifts will be wrapped and labeled free by elves. Or, children can visit the Kids’s Craft Room, sponsored by the Girl Scouts, to create their own gifts or holiday decorations.
-- In the hallways, the Friends of the EMS will host a bake sale, the Cottage Grove Historical Society will display photos illustrating how Cottage Grove's development over time, and the Lionesses will sell home decor items. In addition, the Girl Scouts will sell handmade items, popcorn, and candy.
-- The 4-H Club will take your lunch orders in the cafeteria, offering BBQs, turkey sandwiches, chili, hot dogs, milk, pop, and chips.
-- Free fire truck rides, from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., will be provided courtesy of the local firefighters.
-- The PTO will offer a silent auction to raise money for the Taylor Prairie Playground, and St. Patrick's parish cookbooks will be available for purchase during the event.
-- The Brownies will host a cookie table in the cafeteria with hot cider and coffee.
Chamber of Commerce's Christmas in the Grove, Dec. 5 - 7:
-- Friday: Tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 7 p.m., Wisconsin Community Bank, featuring Cottage Grove Elementary singers; and Northern Lights in the Grove: 8 p.m., judges tour homes participating in light contest (to register, call 839-1172).
-- Saturday, Dec. 6: Winter Cottage Extravaganza, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Taylor Prairie School. More than 40 vendors will sell their arts and crafts. Performances are provided by the Yahara River Chorus (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and the Monona Academy of Dance (11:30 a.m.). A concession stand is sponsored by the Cottage Grove PTO).
-- Free horse-drawn wagon rides from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with stops at four convenient locations.
-- Winter Ball, 8 a.m. - midnight, at Doubleday's featuring Mid Life Crisis (advance tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for children; $6 and $4 at the door; Tickets available at Piggly Wiggly, Bank of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Community Bank, Herald-Independent, and Doubledays).
-- Sunday, Dec. 7: Breakfast buffet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Black Bear Inn’s North Pole, 9 a.m. - noon (children: $3.95; adults: $8.95). Carriage rides, provided by Wayne Huston/Huston Belgiums, available during Santa’s visit with paid receipt of breakfast.