Port decorated and ready to kick off the Christmas season Saturday Print
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 19:13


    The twinkle lights are on the trees lining Franklin Street in downtown Port Washington, and shop windows are decked out in their holiday finery.
    That’s appropriate, since Port will formally kick off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 2, with the inaugural Frosty Lighthouse 5 walk and run and the annual Christmas on the Corner celebration, which includes merchant sales, caroling, a tree lighting ceremony, parade and fireworks.
    The day kicks off with the Frosty Lighthouse 5, a run-walk to raise money for the restoration of the Port lighthouse.
    “Our hope is people come down to the race, have lunch downtown and maybe start their Christmas shopping before Christmas on the Corner starts,” Mayor Tom Mlada said.
    The event gives participants a choice of a 5k or five-mile courses that include portions of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail and allow runners and walkers to enjoy views of the lakefront.
    The event will begin and end at Inventors Brewpub, 435 Lake St. Check in begins at 9 a.m. and the races at 10 a.m. Awards will be presented to the winners of both the 5k and five-mile courses.
    Registration for the 5k route are $25 per person or $75 for a family of four in advance or $30 and $100, respectively, on race day.
    The five-mile registrations are $35 per person or $100 for a family of four in advance or $40 and $130, respectively, on race day.
    Advance registrations will be accepted through 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1.
    Recreation Director Kiley Schulte said Tuesday that about 70 people had already signed up for the run-walk.
    To register or for more information, visit www.portwashington.recdesk.com and click on the register now button or stop in at the department office, 201 N. Webster St.
    A silent auction at Inventors Brewpub will be run in conjunction with the walk-run. Among the prizes are a tree to be planted in the recipient’s yard, James Meyer lighthouse photographs, Inventors glassware, Port pool passes and tickets to the Polar Express.
    “A Carol of Christmas” is the theme of this year’s Christmas on the Corner celebration, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m.
    It kicks off with special sales at downtown shops, where merchants will offer refreshments to warm customers on what is usually a chilly evening.
    Youngsters are invited to participate in the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt. Participants will scour designated downtown shops to find the Elf on the Shelf hidden within, then turn in sheets denoting their finds for a drawing.
    Visitors may catch a horse-drawn carriage at the corner of West Grand Avenue and South Wisconsin Street and enjoy a ride through the heart of the city. Rides are $5 per person.
    Children can write their holiday letters and mail them to Santa at the Post Office on East Main Street during the festival, decorate cookies at Dockside Deli, make ornaments at the Port Exploreum and stop at Port Washington State Bank to visit and have their pictures taken with Santa.
    Youngsters can also have their photos taken with Anna and Elsa, the “Frozen” princesses, at Biever Travel.
    Live reindeer will be on Main Street near Franklin Street, where visitors may have their pictures taken with the animals.
    Children’s crafts can be made at the Niederkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave., which will also have a book sale and a charitable donation area.
    And the Eghart House, 302 W. Grand Ave., will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas and open for tours.
    A live Nativity outside Hidden Treasures consignment shop on West Grand Avenue will remind people of the reason for the season with a decorated sleigh on the east end of Main Street along the north slip marina, creating a scenic backdrop for families who want to take a festival photograph.    
    The tree lighting and caroling are scheduled for 6 p.m.
    The festival theme will be highlighted during the Christmas parade at 6:15 p.m. The parade will kick off at the corner of Jackson and Franklin streets, head south on Franklin Street to Grand Avenue and proceed west on Grand Avenue to Milwaukee Street, where it will end.
    The parade will feature local celebrities, floats, bands, clowns and more to entertain the crowd. The highlight will be the official arrival of Santa Claus on a sleigh atop the Main Street float.
    Following the parade, the crowd will move toward Rotary Park to view holiday fireworks, the only winter fireworks show in Ozaukee County.
    For more information, call 268-1132 or visit www.visitportwashington.com.Daily Press