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Holiday Stroll- Downtown Marshalltown

Saturday, November 21, 2020 (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (CST)


Join us Downtown Saturday, November 21st for the Marshalltown Holiday Stroll!
A Reverse Parade will stretch from 3rd Avenue to 3rd Street along Main Street.
Festivities will include the Festival of Trees, a Christmas Craft Village, Interactive Window Displays, a Christmas Light Display, and more.
This year has been trying for everyone and the Marshalltown Central Business District wanted to be able to carry on the tradition of hosting the Holiday Stroll. We want to make sure we are providing safe alternatives for the event. We have come up with creative ideas that the community could enjoy from the comfort and safety of their vehicles or by walking around downtown if individuals so choose.
For the health and wellbeing of everyone that attends masks or facial coverings and social distancing are recommended. Please abide by each business's safety practices

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29th Annual Holiday Stroll to be held November 21

The 29th Annual Holiday Stroll will go on in Marshalltown on November 21, though with a different feel this year due to these pandemic times. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on November 21 in downtown Marshalltown, put on by the Marshalltown Central Business District.

There will be a reverse parade down Main Street from 3rd Street to 3rd Avenue. The reverse parade will have businesses on Main Street and some on State Street decorated as much as possible so people can either drive or walk down to enjoy all of the decorations. KDAO will have the station playing Christmas music that night synced to their live broadcast so that no matter if you're in your car or walking around or in a store you can enjoy the same broadcast for the night.

Alushia Fitzgerald of the Holiday Stroll said they are encouraging people to park in the free public lots in the downtown and not on Main Street to allow for people to walk around downtown and for those in cars to be able to see the decorated stores.

There will be three live action windows - one at the old Remix dance studio, one at McGregors Furniture and one at Staging 2 Sell It. The Stroll is partnering with the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance for the two live performance windows.

Staging 2 Sell It is hosting Santa and Mrs. Claus in partnership with the Times-Republican. They will not be accessible inside but Santa will be able to talk to the children through the glass in the display window courtesy of KDAO.

Festival of Trees returns
The Deimerly Building at 214 E. Main Street is hosting the Festival of Trees and a Christmas Craft Village. The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the MCBD and there will be a $2 admission at the door with veterans and children 12 and under being free.

There will be opportunities for people to bid on the Christmas trees and vote for their favorite decorated tree with the top three winning cash prizes.

There will be a light display in the empty lot next to the Deimerly building sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police. More activities are currently in the works for that night as well.

“We are encouraging people to shop local that night and stop into all of the businesses, bars, restaurants that are in the downtown area to show them some love and support,” Fitzgerald said.

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