By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — This coming Saturday will be a chance for Boyceville residents, and anyone else who wishes to join in the fun, to show off their Christmas spirit.
The 17th Annual Spirit of Christmas celebration will be held December 9 in the village of Boyceville. The holiday even offers something for everyone in the family.
[emember_protected]The fun will actually start December 8 when judges will select the home and business with the best Christmas decorations. The celebration will feature a “Golden Ornament” hunt with a $100 prize for the lucky person who discovers the ornament’s location.
This year’s celebration will also feature a gingerbread house decorating contest with a $100 prize. People interested in competing can get more information on registration at Peoples State Bank, Jamie’s Buckshot Bar and Grill, and SERVPRO.
Early risers can find a hot breakfast at the Community Center when the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. Even late sleepers can get some pancakes, since the Lions will be serving until 11 a.m.
Starting at 9 a.m., there will be a craft and vendor sale held at Tiffany Creek Elementary, while the Sno-Jammers Snowmobile Club will open registration for a snowmobile show and swap meet on Main Street. Registration will close at noon, and the club will present awards at 2 p.m.
The Sno-Jammers are also hosting a “loudest pipes” contest on Main Street at 10 a.m., and the swap meet is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a silent auction, and lefse and bake sale, between 9 a.m.and 3 p.m.
Registration for the annual “Rudolph Run” will open at 9:30 a.m., with the race starting at 10 a.m. on the cross country course behind Tiffany Creek Elementary.
Buckshot’s will host bingo between noon and 3 p.m., while the Boyceville Public Library welcomes everyone for an open house. There will be make and take ornaments available from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and Christmas caroling.
Main Street serves as Christmas Central again this year. There will be a bonfire and free s’mores sponsored by the Boyceville United Methodist Church, and Peoples State Bank has sponsored free hot dogs starting at 3:30 p.m. There will also be hot chocolate and mini donuts for sale, and interested people can purchase Love Light lanterns as well.
The Boyceville Community Ambulance District is hosting a chili cook off in the ambulance station from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the Boyceville Ministerial Association is providing a live nativity scene starting at 4:30.
At 5 p.m. on Main Street, the community Christmas tree will be lit, and the Love Light lanterns will be released. The annual lighted holiday parade kicks off at 6 p.m., and then children can meet Santa on Main Street or people can tour the local decorations by wagon at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in learning more about the event is invited to contact Jamie Tilleson. [/emember_protected]