Shopping, music, the Parade of Lights, and more upcoming events in Newton… just in time for the holidays!
Get your Christmas shopping started before Thanksgiving at the 28th annual Holiday Bazaar & Taste of Christmas, November 12th – 14th.
More than 30 area businesses are collaborating for the annual Taste of Christmas event Nov. 12-14. Shoppers are invited to pick up a puzzle board at any of the participating shops. Each participant will fill in a piece of the puzzle, which can then be returned to be entered in a raffle drawing for more than $500 in prizes. Businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Free carriage rides and a special visit from Santa will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Sixth and Main streets.
Explore the bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 14th at the Newton Activity Center, 415 N. Poplar St. This event features beautiful handmade items from dozens of regional artists and craft vendors as well as drawings for door prizes. Admission is free.
After Thanksgiving, shoppers can enjoy Ten Thousand Village’s return to Newton with its annual fair-trade sale. This year’s event will feature international items daily except Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 27th to December 5th inside Peace Connections, 612 N. Main.
Newton’s Parade of Lights and community open house will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3rd. All of the parade participants floats are illuminated and follow Main Street through the historic downtown business district. Admission to the parade is free, and visitors are encouraged to stay downtown after the parade to enjoy the shop’s extended hours, refreshments and live music. Many downtown shops will also offer extended hours on Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, as well as carriage rides from 2-4 p.m. on those afternoons.
Newton’s signature Christmas event, the Five Places of Christmas, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Five Places of Christmas features Newton’s most popular attractions, which offer special programming, refreshments and free admission during the event. It is a collaboration between the Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum and Bethel College.
Several community musical programs will also be offered in December in the Newton area. The Grammy Award-nominated Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies will present “A Celtic Christmas” as part of the Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hesston Mennonite Church. Tickets are $27 and $23. The Newton Treble Clef Club will host its 47th annual vespers service at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Columbus Ave. This free performance will feature the Treble Clef Chorus and Hearts 4 Him. Bethel College will host the Wissman Family, which will present its Christmas show, a performance that earned rave reviews in Branson, Mo. The group will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in Memorial Hall on Bethel’s campus. Admission is free.
The Holiday Harmony Home Tour returns Dec. 13 to benefit student musicians in Harvey County. The tour features Newton area homes decorated to celebrate the season and musical performances. Two tours will be offered on Dec. 13, and patrons can choose either 2-4 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. A suggested donation of $12.50 will benefit the Charles Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at Prairie Harvest.
For more information on these and other holiday events happening in Newton visit Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau or call Melody Spurney at (316) 284-3642.