AMBOY - The 2013 Amboy Christmas Walk “Home for the Holidays” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 3 p.m.
One of the highlights of last year’s walk was the “Wreath Decorating Contest,” which will once again be held at the Amboy Bandstand. The contest is open to any business, organization, family, or persons in the Amboy School District. The forms for the wreaths can be picked up at The Main Flower Shop, City Hall, or The Amboy News. Entry forms and fees are due back by Friday, Nov. 22. Each contestant will purchase a fresh 24-inch wreath for $10 and can be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. – noon, at the KSB Clinic parking lot.
The decorated wreaths will be displayed at the Amboy Bandstand on the day of the walk.
Once again there will be a coloring contest for children ages Pre-K through fourth grade. Coloring contest pages can be picked up at Clipper Kiddies, Central School, City Hall, or The Amboy News. There will be winners for each grade level. Winners of the contest will be leading Santa into town. Winners will also help light the Amboy Christmas Tree.
Santa will be arriving in Amboy at noon on Dec. 1, led by winners of the coloring contest. He will circle downtown, ending at the Band Stand where he and coloring contest winners will light the Christmas tree. Santa will then be available for visits at the Illinois Fire Store. Pictures by On3 Photo will also be taken with Santa with a donation of a canned good.
During the Christmas Walk many businesses will be open for your convenience. Free horse drawn carriage rides are available throughout the afternoon. Victorian carolers will be heard while walking the streets and shopping in the stores. A bonfire will be lit and free cookies, a marshmallow roast, and hot cider available while enjoying the musical entertainment at the bandstand.
The Pankhurst Memorial Library will be open from 1 – 3 p.m., for crafts, caroling, and story time from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
“Reindeer games” will again be held from noon – 1 p.m., for the kids. Craft vendors will be located in Maria’s Pizza. Interested parties for setting up a vendor spot, please pick up a form at City Hall or The Amboy News. The horse drawn wagon rides will drop off and pick up at the craft vendors.
A punch card drawing for Chamber Bucks worth $25, coloring contest, and talented local musicians will add to the day’s Christmas cheer.
The 2013 Amboy Christmas Walk is sponsored by the Amboy Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call Starlight Dance Studio 815-677-1789, or the Amboy News, 815-857-2311.