November 19, 2016
Celebrate Santa's arrival in Downtown Kirkwood!
There will be fun for the entire family at Downtown Kirkwood's Holiday Walk in downtown Kirkwood Saturday, November 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Activities for children, holiday shopping, free entertainment and refreshments will make this day a festive way to begin your celebration of the holiday season.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will delight children with their arrival by Amtrak train. After his grand entrance, Santa will pose for photos. Be sure to bring your camera to snap a photo for your Christmas cards! Adults will enjoy shopping for holiday gifts offered by Downtown Kirkwood's unique specialty stores-many of which will feature free refreshments and special offers.
The Kirkwood Train Station, 110 E. Argonne, is the headquarters for children's activities. Santa will greet his admirers and letters to Santa will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus will captivate young listeners with her holiday stories beginning at 10 a.m. The Lucille Rapp Tumblers and Dancers will perform at 2 p.m. and The Statesmen Singers will carol from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Also from the train station, catch the Holiday Trolley and take a free ride around historic Downtown Kirkwood from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
During the Downtown Kirkwood Holiday Walk, Youth in Action (YIA) a nonprofit community service organization, will be accepting donations for Make-A-Wish Foundation at the train station. Cash donations will be collected. While they last, delicious cookies from McArthur's Bakery and hot chocolate will be available. Kirkwood Kiwanis will also be serving free grilled hot dogs near the historic Kirkwood Train Station.
At Kirkwood Farmers' Market, the Gingerbread Shoppe and Christmas Tree Lot will sample their special holiday candies and baked goods and offer a preview of their natural decorations and Christmas trees.
The Holiday Walk is coordinated by Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District.