Winter Festival tonight in Metamora
METAMORA — There might not be any snow on the trees, but it is definitely the holiday season, and tonight in Metamora local residents will be celebrating the start of the Christmas season with the inaugural Winter Festival.
The Christmas trees are up and decorated, the carolers are prepared to sing and the hot chocolate is ready for drinking — the only thing left is for the visitors to show up.
Winter Festival in Metamora begins tonight at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Metamora Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is meant to bring the local community together at a time of celebration and to give the rest of the county a chance to see the quiet village at its best.
More than a dozen downtown businesses are participating in the Winter Festival. Chamber secretary Suzan Pleva said those businesses will be staying open late throughout the festival for guests, along with giving out free prizes and treats to visitors and shoppers.
With temperatures forecast in the 30s all day and night, the Metamora Lions Club will be helping to make sure everyone stays warm during the Winter Festival. The Lions will be passing out free cups of hot chocolate to visitors in downtown Metamora throughout the evening.
After seeing the decorations in downtown Metamora and possibly visiting a few of the local shops, visitors at the Winter Festival will want to attend the village’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the center of town. Students from Murphy Elementary School will sing during the ceremony, followed by carolers from a local church to entertain everyone.
The day before Thanksgiving Chamber members and volunteers took time to decorate the village with trees and lights. Mutch’s Hidden Pines Tree Farm donated 22 Christmas trees which have been attached to every lamp post in the heart of the village, then spruced up with lights and decorations. Those trees, said Pleva, are sure to be a festive treat for visitors to admire during the Winter Festival.
For more information, go online to www.metamorachamber.org.