The community is invited to usher in the Christmas season at the annual tree lighting ceremony in the Village at Winona, Winona Lake, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature train rides for all ages, ornament crafts for children, live music by the Lakeland Community Chorus and a visit from Santa Claus. The event is free; visitors are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
“Everyone is invited to have a Winona Day on the shores of beautiful Winona Lake,” said Nick Hauck, managing director at the Village at Winona. “Our unique artisan shops and restaurants will be open, and free parking is available throughout the Village. Please remember to bring a toy so that others may have a joyous Christmas this year.” Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. when Santa arrives to hear children’s Christmas wishes. The Christmas tree lighting will conclude the evening at 6:30 p.m.
Christmas caroling by the Lakeland Community Choir is the final event of the 2017 Festival of Music. This year, the festival brought the community high-quality, family-friendly concerts throughout the summer and fall. The Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona. For more information, visit grace.edu/musicfestival.