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Worthington Wonderland returns with holiday treats and activities for all

Crafts, carolers and photo opportunities are just a few of the activities Worthington Wonderland participants have to look forward to this Saturday.

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The Globe's holiday photo booth setup, alongside a light up reindeer, Christmas tree, and the north pole.

WORTHINGTON — The holidays are underway, and what better way to kick off the season than with Worthington Wonderland — a fun-filled holiday event organized by Worthington’s own retail committee this Saturday.

As part of the festivities, local businesses and organizations will host holiday-themed events with activities, treats and spirited fun abounding. This year’s Worthington Wonderland will include 14 different stops in town, from Ace Hardware and Johnson Builders & Realty, to The Daily Apple and Threads & Décor.

“It’s just a great way for everybody to get to see what our community has to offer,” said Threads & Décor owner Jennifer Solt. “It’s fun and free for everybody getting into the holiday spirit.”

This is Threads & Décor’s second year participating with the Worthington Wonderland event. The consignment shop will host several Christmas characters who will be available to take photos with, as well as a free craft activity. Kids who come into the shop will have the opportunity to make their own foam ornaments. Threads & Décor will also serve treats as part of the event, and have a Worthington Wonderland sale.

“Worthington Wonderland has been wildly popular since its inception,” said Roberta Fultz, a member of Worthington's retail committee. Worthington Wonderland first began in 2019, and Fultz said it is a great way to get the community in the spirit of the holidays.

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“This year, fewer people are able to participate simply because of the time commitment and the strain small businesses are under,” Fultz commented, “but we’re thrilled to be able to bring back a fun, free event for our community!”

Advertising manager at The Globe, Fultz also shared that Worthington Wonderland participants can get their photo taken with a holiday themed front-page photo booth at The Globe office, 300 11th St., from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Santa will be available for photos at The Stag Clothiers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the Worthington Wonderland event, kids will also be able to come in and color their own ornaments and work on other crafts inside the store.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Robyn Moser, owner of The Stag. “We have four or five different craft projects that all the kiddos will be able to pick from ... and everyone likes to come in and get their picture with Santa, so be sure to take advantage of that!”

If shoppers miss Santa during the Worthington Wonderland event this week, don’t worry, because the jolly man will be back at The Stag every Saturday through Dec. 18. for photos.

Unless otherwise stated, all Worthington Wonderland events will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full list of activities for Saturday follows:

  • Ace Hardware, 1131 Oxford St.: Snowmen and reindeer candy cups.

  • Adorn 1024, 1024 Third Ave.: Holiday samplings.

  • Brown’s Shoe Fit, 324 10th St.: Carolers performing.

  • Crafty Corner Quilt & Sewing Shoppe, 1820 Oxford St.: Make and take tree ornaments.

  • Edina Realty, 1425 N. McMillan St.: Cookie decorating.

  • Johnson Builders & Realty, 1114 Oxford St.: Chocolate fountain and coloring contest.

  • Johnson Jewelry, 1009 Fourth Ave.: Spin for chocolate.

  • Midwest Dahlia’s Boutique, 1001 Third Ave.: Write letters to Santa.

  • Profile by Sanford, 426 10th St.: Hot chocolate and kids crafts, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • The Daily Apple, 207 10th St.: Room spray make and take.

  • The Globe, 300 11th St.: Photo booth, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • The Stage Clothiers, 412 10th St.: Santa and goodie bags, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Threads & Décor, 316 10th St.: Christmas ornament crafts and photos with reindeer.

  • Walgreens, 1321 Oxford St.: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? And Christmas pictures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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