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Holiday spirit in the air at Pioneer Village Christmas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Summer Paulson, 5, gets a little help from her mom, Stefanie Paulson, (left) of Sioux City, and a former Le Mars resident, as she works on a craft item in Century Hall Sunday evening. The craft area is manned by Stephanie Jurgens along with family members and friends each evening. Here Brenda Phelan hands out the next piece of the craft project to Summer.
There will be a winter chill to the air and perhaps a few white flakes of snow when Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland opens for its second and final weekend.

Hours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, 500 Fourth Ave. N.E. in Le Mars.

Thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas cookies, hot cider and chocolate, decorated trees, musical entertainment and a visit with Santa Claus are all part of the Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland.

For children, no trip to the Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland is complete without a stop at the Sportsman's Club and a visit with Santa Claus. Looking through the window, one could see Santa's corner and the long line of children with lists and parents with cameras, waiting for their chance to talk to Santa and sit on his lap.
In Pioneer Village, Santa Claus will listen to children give him their Christmas wish list.

The Sportsman's Club members willserve up hot cider and cookies.

The Round Barn features two floors of Christmas scenes and decorations of all types, including animated and inflatables.

The Toy Store has stuffed toys to give away to children.

Hot dogs, chips and drink will be served in the Luxembourg Building both evenings.

At the filling station, a living nativity will be staged each evening.

Still need a picture of the children for the Christmas card?

Then take a picture at the Christmas cutouts under the bingo roof, where children can be elves or old-fashioned carolers.

For those who want a tour of the fairgrounds, get in line outside Century Hall by the warming fire pots and take a horse-drawn wagon ride with one of the five teams of horses on the grounds.

Watch out, one might see "Mrs. Claus," or in this case, Bonita Davison, coordinator of the Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland activities, making sure all the elves (volunteers) are doing their job.

Century Hall features nearly 50 Christmas trees, decorated in themes for businesses, organizations and churches, some with gifts of socks, mittens, and pajamas.

Serving refreshments will be the Kiwanis Club with popcorn balls; the American Legion with hot chocolate; the Rotary Club with cookies; and the Lions Club with freshly popped popcorn.

A children's craft area will be available for children to make a Christmas craft item to take home, coordinated by Stephanie Jurgens with help from family and friends.

Two nights of entertainment have been lined up by coordinators Bill and Janice Renken, assisted by Jim Rohlfs and sound by Tom Mullally.

The entertainment lineup includes:


5:30 p.m - Doris Ropte and Arin Groetken, vocalists

5:45 p.m. - Kathy Hwang and family on violins

6 p.m. - Allyn Anderson, guitar and vocal

6:30 p.m. - Le Mars Arts Center "Flute Choir" of Kathy Moore, Glenda Drennen, Sue Ashenfelter, the Rev. Jan Christensen and Dr. Jim Schroeder

7 p.m. - Inez Hoogeveen piano students

8 p.m. - Gehlen Catholic School Band, under the direction of Paul Niebuhr


5:30 p.m. - Christ Lutheran Church Choir, rural Le Mars, directed by Brenda Renken, accompanied by Marlys Renken; Children's Sunday School, Anna Hennigs, vocalist

6 p.m - Clark Kindergarten Class, teachers Pam Reeves and Kay Schipper

6:30 p.m. - Pat Bottjen and Mina Brandt, piano music

7 p.m. - Le Mars Community Middle School Choir, directed by Nancy Ewing

8:30 p.m. - Le Mars Community Middle School Band, directed by Mary Kay Benton

Those visiting the village should enter the south gate on Fourth Avenue Northeast, and park south of the village and Round Barn.

Anyone needing handicap access may use the main gate and park near Century Hall.

All activities at the Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland are free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Support from area businesses and donations during the event allow all the activities at Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland to be free of charge.

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