Viola Christmas Walk is a great way to kick off the holiday season

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The annual Viola Christmas Walk is Friday, Dec. 4. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family.

Participating businesses will be open from 4 to 7 p.m., with treats and prize drawings. Winola Elementary School will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Leslie Van Winkle of the Viola Chamber of Commerce said there will be plenty of vendors at the school.

"I'm up to 17 or 18 vendors," Van Winkle said. "And, a lot of them wait until the last minute. Last year we had 25."

The elementary school is the center of many of the evening's activities. The Sherrard High School Band will play there from 7-8 p.m. Students from Sherrard Junior High will be selling hot chocolate to raise money for the African water well project.

Viola United Methodist Church will be selling cookies and there will be a craft table for children. The craft table is sponsored by the Viola United Presbyterian Deacons.

There also will be a Christmas tree decoration table to make decorations for what promises to be an impressive display.

"We are putting up a huge Christmas tree at the 4-way (U.S. 67 and Illinois 17)," Van Winkle said. "And that's where the live nativity scene will be."

The Country Kids 4-H will put on the live nativity scene. There will also be roasted chestnuts at the junction of the two highways.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Viola fire station from 5-7 p.m. and will then go to Winola Elementary. There will be prize drawings at the school at 8 p.m. and you need not be present to win.

Don't worry if it's cold or you don't want to walk all the way from the school to downtown. There will be free bus rides from 4-7 p.m. with stops around town.