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Windom holiday events on tap this week

WINDOM -- A variety of holiday activities are on tap this week in Windom for children and adults alike. A living nativity will kick off the events this evening. Hosted by the American Lutheran Church of Windom, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., guests can ...

WINDOM - A variety of holiday activities are on tap this week in Windom for children and adults alike.

A living nativity will kick off the events this evening. Hosted by the American Lutheran Church of Windom, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., guests can view the live nativity, hop on the horse-drawn carriage or pet animals both indoors and outdoors.

Guests can meander indoors for hot soup and chili, which will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be a holiday bake sale, live music, cider and popcorn.

Guests are asked to bring food or cash donations for the sharing center.

Holiday fun continues Thursday with Windom’s third-annual Christmas by Candlelight in the Square. The event, which was organized by the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce and Finding Windom, will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

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According to Windom Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Anna Hassel, the celebration will include reindeer, Santa and elves and horse and wagon rides. Stores will also be open late that evening for those interested in getting some Christmas shopping done while supporting local businesses.

Individuals will not only have the opportunity to get their gift shopping accomplished, but wrapped that same evening, too. For a freewill donation, the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce will offer gift wrapping so presents are ready to go straight under the tree.

Other downtown entities will be open that evening, too. Guests can peruse the Festival of Trees at the Cottonwood County Historical Society. The library and State Theater will also be open during the event.

Children will get an opportunity to tackle their holiday shopping on Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to noon, kids can browse a selection of gifts for under $5 at the Winfair Cafeteria, 1545 Sixth Avenue.

A collection of non-perishable food items for the food shelf will also be taken.

Proceeds from the event will be given to local charities to assist kids in need.

The event is sponsored by the Windom Area Girl Scouts Troop 34164 with support from local businesses.

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