Signs all point to Perry’s holiday festivities starting now

A sure sign the holidays have come was seen Thursday night when members of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department hung Christmas lights in the trees of the Raccoon Valley Bank in downtown Perry.

Thanksgiving is hardly here, yet the holidays are well underway, beginning with this Saturday’s Holiday Craft Show at the McCreary Community Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers will find handmade gifts to suit every taste, and vendors are still welcome to call 515-465-5621 for more information.

Also starting this weekend is the annual Festival of Trees at the Carnegie Library Museum, 1123 Willis Ave., with Saturday hours from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Complete hours for the five-week festival can be found below.

In keeping with tradition, the Perry Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Holiday Lighted Parade through the streets of downtown Perry Friday, Nov. 24, with the parade lineup starting at 6 p.m. at Second Street and Otley Avenue and the parade itself beginning at 7 p.m.

The parade will follow its traditional route, moving eastward along Otley Avenue and then northward along Third Street to Pattee Street, then westerly to Second Street and southward back to Otley Avenue.

The Carnegie Festival of Trees will be available for viewing — and voting for a favorite — from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

The ladies of La Poste are opening wide their portals for a post-parade party. Santa has been recruited along with carollers from the local schools. Refreshments will be served starting at 7 p.m.

City crews are adorning lampposts with lighted wreaths around the downtown this week, and the Perry Volunteer Fire Department found time Thursday night to string lights through the trees at the Raccoon Valley Bank, both sure signs the holidays are here.


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