The Ottumwa Courier

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December 4, 2013

Eldon rich with holiday happenings

ELDON — There are a slew of holiday happenings going on around Eldon over the next few days that will surely keep anyone in the holiday spirit.

This weekend is bound to be one of the busiest for those around Eldon, with all of the fun kicking off on Friday at the annual Christmas Tree Wonderland. The McHaffey Opera House hosts the event every year, and every year there are more than 100 trees decorated by different community organizations and individuals. There will also be punch, snacks and a bake sale.

“We use it as a thank you to the community for supporting the opera house throughout the year,” Jo Eddy, an organizer of the event, said. “They aren’t for sale and it isn’t a contest, it’s just a pretty event.”

Viewing times for the Christmas Tree Wonderland start Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., then continue Saturday 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and conclude Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The McHaffey Opera House isn’t the only historical place putting on a Christmas program around Eldon, either. Kids of all ages are welcome to join the American Gothic House with building gingerbread houses on Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Children can decorate their gingerbread — which will actually be graham crackers — houses any way they see fit. There will be frosting and candy available to help shape the houses, but building supplies will be limited so get there in a timely fashion.

If making a gingerbread house isn’t enough to entice your young ones to go to the event, the American Gothic House is also serving hot cider and cookies.

In case cider and cookies do not fill your stomach, there will be a traditional Christmas dinner at the Eldon KD Center, hosted by Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon (G.A.T.E.). The dinner lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and donations will be accepted to help support G.A.T.E.

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