The Glenwood community will formally kick off the holiday season with a “Lights on the Square Spectacular” on Thursday, Dec. 2.
The event, co-sponsored by the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Glenwood Senior Center, will feature a variety of activities, including a soup supper, live music, cookie decorating for children and visits from Santa Claus at the Glenwood Senior Center, a chamber “After Hours” at Sunbridges, wine tasting at McCormick Station, hayrack rides around the square, a Christmas trivia scavenger hunt and the opening night of the Parade of Trees at the Mills County Historical Museum.
Stephanie Patzer, owner of the Second Helpings Boutique on the east side of Town Square, pitched the event to members of the Glenwood City Council last month. Patzer said the event is being staged to celebrate the holiday season and to provide foot traffic to participating businesses.
In addition to the scavenger hunt, that will require families to take their trivia card into individual Glenwood businesses, the chamber is also using the event to kick off a three-day “Secret Santa” program. “Spy” Santas will be out and about in Glenwood businesses on Dec. 2 to 4, giving away “Chamber Bucks” to patrons supporting Glenwood merchants. A total of $1,400 will be given away, with prize amounts ranging from $10 to $100, as a gesture of gratitude to shoppers supporting Glenwood businesses.
Events at the Senior Center, including the soup supper, will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The wine tasting and chamber “After Hours” are both scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.