Main Stroll Event from 6p.m. to 8p.m. in the Downtown Business District
Come take a step back in time and experience the Christmas season at our annual Victorian Stroll. In addition to the live window scenes and the many carolers singing in the streets, courthouse and stores, there is so much more to see and do. Most of all we’d love for you to take in the joy and warmth of the holiday season and have a prosperous New Year!
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.
Special Stroll Event on December 1, 2013
Join the Community of Albia on the dedication of the 21 piece Life Size Nativity Scene at the courthouse lobby on December 1st at 6p.m.
Stroll Kick off on December 6th
Come be a part of Lighting Rudolf’s nose with Santa at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, December 6th. Free will dinner from 5-7:00pm., with Santa arriving at 7:15p.m.
Early Stroll Events begin at 8am December 7th
Start the morning off right with the 5K “Ugly Sweater” fun run at 9a.m. (registration starts at 8a.m.) outside the Albia Brewing Company. Breakfast pizza will be available for purchase following the run. Costs are $25 per person, $40 per couple and $15 per student. A portion of each entry fee goes to the “Welcome Home Soldiers” memorial.
Breakfast with Santa hosted at the Trinity Family Life Center, 1115 A Ave. East from 8:30-10:30a.m. by Monroe County Hospice Auxiliary .
The Garden train and Dept. 56 Display can be found in the First Iowa State Bank on the North side of the square from 9a.m. to 8p.m.
A Victorian Quilt Show by members of the Albia Crazy Quilters from 10a.m. to 6p.m. at the Kendall Place, 205 Benton Ave. East. One block off the NE corner of the square. Sign up for a chance to win a Nativity scene quilt to be given away during the stroll.
Homespun Craft Show and Bazaar will be held at The Gate Church located on the East side of the Square, from 10a.m.to 8 p.m.
Stop in the Chamber from 10a.m. to 8p.m. to view the Festival of Trees and cast a vote for your favorite one. Fuchsia and silver ribbons on sale for the Remembrance Tree @$2.50 each. A Silent Auction will also be held in the Chamber with donated items on display for viewing and bidding.
Free Kids movie will play in the King Opera House, 115 Benton Ave. E, from 11a.m. to 12:30p.m. SANTA will be on hand to pass out goody bags for each child. Adult tickets are $4.00 at the Theater doors.
Fur Style Show presented by JoAnn Ragan. Featuring Young Ladies of the Albia area modeling VINTAGE Furs from 2-3p.m. at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall located at 203 Washington Ave., East.
Albia Museum, 114 A Ave. East, will be open from 4-8p.m. and will feature a PLAYER PIANO.
Sit a spell at the Leisure Lounge @ 17 N Clinton while enjoying their homemade soups from 4:30-8:30pm.
Carriage rides start on the North side of the square from 5-8p.m. Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the square. Take in the beautiful Christmas lighting that adorns the 92 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the lights on the courtyard trees.
Mitchell’s Kettle Korn will be available to purchase on the West side of the square from 5-8p.m.
Enjoy stepping back in time while watching the Dancers from Shannon’s School of Dance perform highlights from The Nutcracker Ballet. Performances at 5p.m. and 8:15p.m. in the beautiful King Opera House one block off the northeast corner of the square.
All merchants are open from 10a.m. to 8p.m. Come see what Albia merchants and restaurateurs have to offer.
Schedule of Events for the Evening Stroll
Held on the 1st Saturday in December on Albia’s Historic Square
Find your way through town by the hand lit luminaries lining Main St. courtesy of the Boy Scouts.
Warm yourself and enjoy live entertainment in one of three hospitality centers from 6-8 p.m. with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and a home baked cookie located in each of the two community banks and in the courthouse.
Civil War Re-enactment presented by 1861 to 1865 Civil War Re-enactors, 3rd Iowa, Company C, Light Artillery. Located on the Northwest corner of the Courthouse lawn.
Enjoy the view from the window or sit inside to enjoy the high energy of the Sugar Creek Cloggers at Duea Motor Showroom.
Sample freshly roasted chestnuts from a street vendor located on the north side of the square during the Stroll.
Enjoy Soups on the Go while Strolling. The Local Cub Scouts will be serving chili and Jonathan Vaughn will be serving homemade soups.
Authentic Blacksmith will be at work on the North side of the square.
Watch a Ferrier at work on the West side of the square.
Beautiful hand crafted Oak Roll Top desk by Tom Mock, offered for raffle at the Chamber till 8p.m., Dec. 7th. Tickets are $5.00 a piece or 5 for $20.00
View the Albia Victorian Throw available for purchase at First Iowa State Bank, The Albia Chamber Office or Antiques and More during the Stroll.
End the evening with the Dueling Pianos at the American Legion from 8p.m.-12am where light foods and drinks will be available for purchase while enjoying the great sounds of your favorite tunes. Tickets available at the Chamber prior to the event for $20 each or $25 at the door.
And please take in the joy and warmth of the holiday season and have a prosperous New Year.
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