In the Spirit of Victorian times, the people of Albia have graciously baked countless cookies, dug deep into their pockets to fund the Stroll and volunteered their time and talents to make the Victorian Stroll a success for more than 20 years.
Schedule of Events
Held on the 1st Saturday in December on Albia’s Historic Square
Festival of Trees
Chamber of Commerce Citizen’s Hall
18 South Main Street
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Garden Train & Department 56 Display
1st Iowa State Bank Heritage Hall
19 Benton Avenue East
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Kids Movie & Santa
15 Benton Avenue East
11:00 am Santa will be on hand to pass out goody bags for each child.
Monroe County Historical Museum is open 4:00pm-8:00pm and will be featuring a Player Piano.
MODELING OF VINTAGE CLOTHING
Young Ladies of the Albia Area will be modeling VINTAGE clothing throughout First Iowa State Bank from2-4 p.m. and again during the Stroll from 6-8 p.m. Come enjoy an up-close look of period clothing while wandering through beautifully displayed art and antiques.
TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES: Two Historical homes will be offering tours this year. The first home is owned by Kim & Jeanne Howie at 926 4th Ave. East in Albia. Also featured is the Kendall Place which is the former Iowa Governor’s home on Benton Ave. East. Don’t miss this wonderful historic tour. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance at the Albia Chamber or Stroll day at either location.
Albia Community Concert Choir will be performing several times throughout the evening on the courtyard Gazebo starting at 4:30.
Trinity United Methodist Church will be featuring a Live Nativity Scene.
Warm yourself and enjoy live entertainment in one of three hospitality centers from 6-8 p.m. with a cup of hot cocoa and a home baked cookie located in each of the two community banks and in the courthouse.
Take the kids to see Santa in his workshop. Sample a freshly roasted chestnut from a street vendor. Munch on a bag of Kettle Korn– Take time for a Carriage ride around the beautifully decorated square which features 92 buildings on the National Historic Register.–Watch a ferrier at work on the West side of the Square.
View and purchase the Albia Victorian Throw at The Albia Chamber Office. All the proceeds go toward lights for our square.
Please definitely take a look and see what Albia Merchants and Restaurateurs’ have to offer.
A QUILT SHOW from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Barefoot Quilting Store at 110 Wash. Ave. east off the SE corner of the square.
Craft/Vendor Show will be held at the KC Hall, 23 North Clinton from 3-8 p.m.
A PUPPET/MARIONETTE Show will be held in the yarn shop, Fiber Artisan Guild, on the North side of the square from 3-4 p.m.
Claudia Stewart Farrell will be signing her book at Sentimental Journey from 6-8 p.m.
And please take in the joy and warmth of the holiday season and have a prosperous New Year.
Downtown Business District
6:00 -8:00 pm
Come take a step back in time and experience the Christmas season at our annual Victorian Stroll.
More than 30 storefronts come alive with living Christmas cards. Each window depicts a different scene. Past years have shown. . .Scrooge counting every last penny. . .a grandmother donned in her night cap reading “The Night before Christmas” to her grandchild as she rocks the child to sleep…and the little matchstick girl striking each match desperately trying to stay warm. This year we are working on a puppet show in one window, along with other wonderful window displays.
In addition to the live window scenes there is so much more to see and do. Listen to the many carolers sing in the streets, Courthouse and in some of the businesses.
For information contact the
Albia Area Chamber of Commerce
18 South Main St.
Albia, IA 52531