TWIN LAKES — A few changes are in store this year as Santa is joined by the Grinch and the Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausages to help village residents usher in the holiday season.
The annual Trees on Parade, sponsored by the Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association, will be moved from the banquet hall at Rumpole’s to the parish center at St. John the Evangelist Church, 701 N. Lake Ave.
The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. It features an indoor holiday tree decoration contest, which sets the stage for a gift-shopping experience.
Area businesses, youth groups and organizations will decorate dozens of trees along a winding path, where visitors will find gift ideas presented by area artisans, crafters and home-based businesses.
Santa will visit with children at the event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, before heading to other engagements in the village.
In previous years, the event culminated with a lighted holiday parade on Saturday night. This year, the parade has been replaced with new activities. After a few years of inclement weather, the decision was made to try a new focus that encourages people to visit local businesses indoors.
“There will be no parade, but there will be a Cookie Walk, a Race to the Tree, and we’ll still have the tree lighting countdown,” said Jennifer Pollitt, village administrator.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, patrons are invited to visit businesses along Main Street in downtown Twin Lakes for a cookie and hot chocolate. No matter where they are along the route, at 6 p.m. everyone will want to take to the curb, Pollitt said. That’s because the Grinch will race the Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausages down Main Street to Central Park, where they will join Santa and village president Howard Skinner in the holiday tree lighting countdown.