Villages plan holiday events
The Villages of Van Buren will be hosting Christmas in the Villages during several special events throughout the month of December beginning Friday.
The Festival of Trees will begin Friday and continue Saturday and Sunday at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua.
The festival, with this year’s theme of “Cheery & Bright,” features beautifully decorated live Christmas trees, wreaths, tabletop trees, decorations and more.
The hours for the Festival of Trees are: 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Live entertainment is planned throughout the weekend.
All proceeds benefit Christmas for Kids in Van Buren County.
Keosauqua will have a Tour of Homes Dec. 15. Tickets are available at the Welcome Center.
Keosauqua also will have a Christmas lighting contest.
Farmington will have a cookie and candy sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the EMS building.
A bake sale and vendors sale is set from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Farmington Community Center. Lunch will be served both days beginning at 11 a.m., and a quilt raffle will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Farmington will host a “Pioneer Home Driving Tour” Saturday and Sunday and again Dec. 14-15.
Maps will be available at the Pioneer Historical Museum. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Christmas carolers at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.
Stockport will host a freewill soup supper at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Stockport American Legion Hall. Entertainment will be provided by local children. A wreath auction is planned, and Santa will visit at 6:30 p.m.
Milton will have a freewill soup supper at the Milton American Legion Building at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will greet the children.
Bonaparte will host Christmas Connection Saturday beginning with a freewill-offering Breakfast on Main Street from 7-9 a.m. at the Opera House.
A holiday cookie walk begins at 8 a.m., also at the Opera House. Bonaparte’s final Taste of History will be Dec. 14. The event is an elegant three-course candlelit dinner, with a self-guided tour of homes. Reservations are required by calling 319-592-3400.
The Enchanted Forest Walk in Cantril will continue through Dec. 31.
The walk is a self-guided tour of the holiday lights and displays along the walking trail in Waubonsie Park.
The lights are on: 5-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; and 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
A soup supper with Santa is planned 5-8 p.m. Saturday in the Township Hall.
Bentonsport will host Christmas in the Historic District Saturday.Shops will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with shopkeepers dressed in period clothing.
Main Street as well as the historic bridge will be lighted and decorated for the season.
An adult scavenger hunt is set from 4-6 p.m. throughout the village; pick up a clue sheet at the Bentonsport Artisan’s Co-Op. The winner will be announced at 6:15 p.m. in the shelterhouse.
Prizes and free refreshments will be served at the shelterhouse, where there also will be musical entertainment. Santa will ride in on his Harley Davidson motorcycle at 4 p.m., weather permitting. Visit www.greefstore.com for more details.
A soup supper in the Birmingham Lions Building is set from 5-7 p.m. Saturday; Santa will be there 6-7 p.m.
Santa’s Helpers will host a cookie and candy sale from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21 in the Douds Community Center. Pre-orders are welcomed, but not required by calling 319-293-3066 before Dec. 14.
The Lunch Box Cafe will offer photos with Santa and free candy from 3-3:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
Douds also will have a Christmas lighting contest.
New Year’s Eve
A New Year’s Eve Gospel Sing is planned from 6-11 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua.
Groups and local talent will be performing.
Supper will be at 5:30 p.m., and those attending should bring a dish to share.