Christmas activities begin in Belmond this weekend with the annual lighted parade Friday night at 6:30 p.m. along Main Street. The theme is Christmas Around the World. The Santa House will be open after the parade as long as needed so children and families can visit.

  The Santa House will be open Saturdays Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, plus Christmas Eve, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Fridays Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

   Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the elementary school. That will be followed by a movie matinee for kids at 10 a.m. at the Lyric Theater with admission being an item for the Food Pantry.

  A Christmas lighting contest is also underway. Voting runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 19. For information, contact the Belmond Growth Alliance at 641-444-3937.

  The Belmond-Klemme K-2 music concert will be held Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. The 7-12 band and choir holiday concert will be held Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Both events will be at the high school.

  The Belmond Area Arts Council will sponsor Three Nights of Lights Dec. 16-18 from 5-8 p.m. each night at the museum and farm north of town on Taylor Avenue (Luick’s Lane). There will be steam engine rides, a live nativity, hot cider and treats. Visitors may vote for their favorite Christmas trees.

  Individuals and businesses wishing to display a themed Christmas tree at the Art Center should call Karen DeKuiper at 641-903-1404. There is a limited supply of fresh trees available, but you are welcome to use your own artificial tree.

TOUR OF HOMES

  Grab your friends and family and plan to attend the 2022 Belmond Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 17. The Skate Park committee will again be hosting a tour of four homes as a fundraiser to purchase new concrete for the revamped skate park.

  All tickets must be reserved in advance by calling one of the skate park committee members: Connie Mattison 515-571-3253, Dawn Barkema 515-571-2130, or Brenna Gavin 515-571-3407. Tickets are $25 per person, and a limited number of tickets are available for each tour time.   

  All tours will begin at Sugarpie Bakery on Main Street. Payment will be collected at Sugarpie prior to each time slot. Come early to enjoy cookies and a hot beverage. Tours are planned for 3, 4 and 5 p.m. and are open to ages 12 and over.

  This year’s featured homes include Kevin and Callie Stein at 1317 Schmalle Circle, the new spec house at 803 East Main Street, the home of Tom and Laura Heifner at 127 Montclare Lane, and Mark and Katie Ketchum at 120 Fairway Drive. Each home will be decorated for the holidays.

  Tour-goers should wear slip-on or easy to take off shoes. Bags will be provided for shoes as you tour each home.

  In addition, the Santa House on Main Street will be open during the Tour of Homes. Stop after your tour and see Santa’s elves. They would love to show off Santa’s house, which will be decorated with the theme “Christmas Around the World.” Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.

  In addition, ballots for the Belmond Growth Alliance Home Decorating Contest will be handed out at Sugarpie. You can drive around town following your tour and vote for your favorite holiday decorations.

  The Belmond Area Art Council’s Three Nights of Lights will be held that Saturday evening (along with Friday and Sunday).