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Posted: December 5, 2013 New additions for Christmastime in the City; tree gets bright, new topper

While all of Downtown Eau Claire is getting its holiday sparkle on, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their reindeer are preparing to arrive on December 7th for Christmastime in the City.  The Downtown Christmas tree is also up and decorated, ready for its lighting ceremony.


"We've got a great day planned .  Many downtown and outside businesses are contributing in order to make Christmastime in the City a magical, family event to enjoy before the hustle and bustle of Christmas," said Salina Heller, Downtown Eau Claire's Communications Coordinator.


In a new twist this year, Mrs. Claus is able to join Santa at the Lunch with Santa that will be held at Pizza Plus.  There will also be crafts, cookie decorating, and other entertainment.  Meanwhile, their reindeer will be outside, in the parking lot across from the Children's Museum,  for everyone to have a little visit.


Also a bit different this year, there will be two horse-drawn wagons.  Heller said they added another this year because it's become so popular and the line was quite long to the free attraction.  "It's been neat for both kids and adults to pet the horses, and climb up and be able to have a wagon ride right through the downtown area.  It's a special little memory," Heller said.


There will also be performances by the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild's Winter Wonderettes, a group from the musical of the same name, and the Eau Claire Memorial Madrigal Singers.


Adorned with its new 4-foot LED snowburst topper, the Christmas tree will be lit to culminate the holiday event.  Caron's Christmas Trees of Eau Claire donated the 25-foot balsam fir while Thomas Leigh Decorators of Eau Claire, volunteered the time to decorate it.


"I've always loved Christmas, and I wanted to help make the tree look great, said Sean Malone, owner of Thomas Leigh Decorators.  "When people see the tree, I hope it reminds them of the hope, peace, and love that Christmas brings us.  There's a lot of darkness in the world, and I like to think Christmas,  decorations, and trees, shine a little light into our world." 

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