Holiday Stroll planning committee prepares for event

A planning committee has been preparing for Marshalltown’s annual Holiday Stroll, Nov. 23 downtown.

“We have meetings every Friday where we get together to discuss what has been done and what needs to be done,” said Dorie Tammen, Holiday Stroll chairperson. “Things are going really well, I believe we’ve gotten 25 trees already entered for the Tiny Tim Tree Festival and about five or six vendors that will be there.”

Dee Daniels helps plan the lighted parade and said her goal is to have 25 entries in the parade.

“We have dance troops, fire trucks, football and wrestlers from MHS so there’s a variety,” Daniels said.

Denise Kemp, who heads up Santa’s Workshop for the Times-Republican, said she and her sales team are looking forward to another year with children in the community.

“We’ll have the children’s crafts like normal, we’ll be doing holiday tattoos and visits and pictures with Santa and we will have milk and cookies for the kids too,” Kemp said.

Other Holiday Stroll activities include carriage rides, vendors, a live nativity scene, lighting of the trees at the courthouse and in-store entertainment. The Tiny Tim Tree festival will return to the Senior Citizens Center, 20 E. State St.

Tammen said not much has changed since last year, but a few additional things have been added to draw people in.

“At the Tiny Tim Tree festival we’ve got a face painter who can be there for the kids,” Tammen said. “CommonBond will be on hand passing candy canes with information about the Tallcorn rentals.”

The Holiday Stroll will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 23.