Christmas Stroll coming

29_feathers_0006FEATHER ORNAMENTS  — Shown are a few feather ornaments made by Nina McCracken for display at the Pheasant Feather craft night at the library. The event was hosted by the Friends of the Library.  I-O Photo by Pat Lee





With temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s recently, it really doesn’t seem like Christmas is fast approaching.

The season is upon us though and we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet.

Nevertheless, Molly Bock, executive secretary of the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce, tells the I-O  that the annual Christmas Stroll and Tree Auction will be on Dec. 4.

The ever popular Tree Auction will be at 7 p.m. and this year will be held at the Moose Lodge. Proceeds from the auction go towards the purchase of new Christmas street decorations.

“We still have a few wreaths and trees available so if anyone wants to decorate one or partner with another business, let me know as soon as possible,” Bock says.

The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place in front of the courthouse at 6 p.m. to officially kick off the Stroll.

Picking up steam as a fun event is the Christmas Card Board Parade and everyone is welcome to participate.

The fun part of this is that everything you make for your float must be made out of cardboard.

Other materials can be used along with the cardboard, such as paint or construction paper, but what you construct has to be made from cardboard.

The winning float wins a prize, not to mention some bragging rights for the coming New Year.

Participants will line up at Mike’s Muffler and More at 702 S. Main St. at 4:45 p.m. and the parade will start at 5:30 p.m.

The parade will go down Main St., turn west at 4th Ave. and disband at the courthouse.

Merchants and vendors up and down Main St. will be having super sales and will be indoors this year at The Lobby, Joe’s Steakhouse and the Pondera Village Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, Santa  is making an early trip to Conrad and Stockman Bank, 1-3 p.m., to take the wishes of the youngsters. Watch the I-O for the time.

To enter the parade or for more information, contact Bock at the CofC office, 271-7791, or drop her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, a Christmas movie at the Orpheum Theatre, a piano recital at the library from 2-4 p.m. and Chili and a cinnamon roll at the Home Café with a donation to the food bank beginning at 3 p.m.

The CofC and the newspaper will put together another update with more Stroll information before one of the coolest social gatherings of the year takes place.