It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Andover. The 28th annual Christmas Walk will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, with a tree lighting ceremony and sing-along at the gazebo in Andover Lake Park.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Andover.
The 28th annual Christmas Walk will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, with a tree lighting ceremony and sing-along at the gazebo in Andover Lake Park.
The evening includes a homemade soup supper served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the basement of the American Legion post. A men’s ensemble will sing carols.
Upstairs in the Legion post, children will be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have their picture taken with the visitors from the North Pole.
Children also can make crafts and create Christmas cards for shut-ins and veterans at Hillcrest Home.
Refreshments and treats will be served upstairs, where other activities will include a silent auction of decorated miniature trees and other Christmas items. Visitors will be able to enjoy listening to Christmas carols played on the piano while they view an angel display.
A cookie walk also will be featured in the Legion Building.
Free tractor-pulled wagon rides around the park will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m., weather permitting. The pick-up and drop-off spot will be the pavilion on the east side of the park.
Both those riding the wagon and those strolling along will see lighted displays and luminaries along the walkway in the park.
The candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel will be filled with Christmas music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. by The Tewanta & Company Trio from the Quad Cities and the Orion Chamber Choir from Orion High School.
All events are free with the exception of the soup supper, which is provided on a donation basis.
Visitors also may around Andover to view the decorated houses entered in the Christmas lighting contest.
The evening is sponsored by the Andover Tourism Council and the Andover Village Board.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Augustana College students and faculty will join the congregation of Augustana Lutheran Church for the 47th annual Joy of Christmas Past and Present service at 7:30 p.m. in Andover.
This annual event celebrates the common heritage of the two institutions. Pastor Lars Esbjörn founded the church in 1850 and the college in 1860.
Augustana Campus Ministries is in charge of the worshop service, which is filled with choir and instrumental music and includes the Christmas story from scripture read in various languages.
Dr. Christopher Whitt, professor of political science at Augustana College, will give the message.
After the service, the worshipers will process to Jenny Lind Chapel, which will be lit by 100 candles, for Communion and carols. Then everyone will return to the church for refreshments in Luther Hall.
Monday, Dec. 25
The 167th annual Julotta service will be at 6:30 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church.
In English except for a choir anthem in Swedish, the service recalls the traditional way pioneer settlers in Andover greeted dawn on Christmas morning.