Holiday season kicks off this weekend in Watertown

The holiday season will kick off in style in Watertown this weekend, beginning with the Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Open House on Friday, Nov. 30. The Mayer-Watertown DandyLions will also be hosting their annual Santa Day at the Watertown Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 1.

On Friday, area residents are invited to tour the town’s businesses, many of which will be offering refreshments and prizes throughout the day. Citizens can also obtain stamps at each business they visit, five of which will get them entered in a drawing for $100 in Caleb’s Cash — which can be used at any Chamber of Commerce businesses — or two tickets to the Dec. 3 Lorie Line concert at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center.

Friday’s festivities will also include the tree lighting ceremony at City Center Park. Carolers will be at the park from 5:30-6 p.m., with free hot chocolate provided by the Chamber of Commerce. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 5:40 p.m., and the tree will be lighted at 6 p.m.

Santa will be back in Watertown on Saturday as well for the DandyLions annual event at the Community Center. The Santa Day activities will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Children will be able to visit with Santa at the event from 9 a.m. to noon. Pictures can be purchased from the DandyLions, and children will receive a gift from Santa and have the opportunity to write him a letter.

There will also be numerous other children’s’ activities scheduled for the day. The kids holiday shop, open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will allow children to shop for gifts for everyone on their list while adults enjoy coffee and conversation. Most of the gifts are between 25 cents and $1. The event is hosted by the Watertown Willing Workers 4H Club.

There will also be free face painting by Connie Abraham from 9 a.m. to noon, and the piano students of Mary Lou Jirk will also be performing throughout the morning.

The W-M Post Prom will be selling Butterbraids throughout the event, and the boy scouts will be selling wreaths and garland.