2017-12-03 / News

New Lothrop Candlewalk continues holiday tradition

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


Montrose Santa’s Toy Store coordinator Gerald Whitney provides a sneak peak at a few of the wooden handcrafted games made by volunteers in the workshop this year. Pictured here, Whitney holds a multi-game kit which includes Chinese checkers and chess. Montrose Santa’s Toy Store coordinator Gerald Whitney provides a sneak peak at a few of the wooden handcrafted games made by volunteers in the workshop this year. Pictured here, Whitney holds a multi-game kit which includes Chinese checkers and chess. NEW LOTHROP – The New Lothrop Candlewalk welcomes the Christmas season to downtown New Lothrop, Friday, Dec. 8, from 5 until 8 p.m. The event features luminaries downtown, hayrides, activities for the kids, lighting a large Christmas tree, food, homes dressed in lights and several business open houses. It’s an evening filled with Christmas activities and family fun.

The New Lothrop United Methodist Church will take on a larger role this year, since the fire hall’s new addition is under construction. Santa Claus will be visiting with children at the church, where they’ll also have a photo booth. There are also opportunities to decorate Christmas cookies, play games and of course have something to eat for supper too.


Snow and Christmas lights make for a festive evening at the 2016 Candlewalk. Snow and Christmas lights make for a festive evening at the 2016 Candlewalk. The former First Merit Bank building will be open, offering games, face painting, ornament decorating and a Candy Cane Walk. Free hayrides, courtesy of Schnell’s Services, are available at the former bank as well.

Several businesses will have holiday offerings as well. The Infinity Dance Studio will have festive gingerbread houses on display. The Talk of the Town Salon will have kids crafts with Holly. Denny’s Tavern will have food and drink specials during the Candlewalk.

Gracie’s Country Inn is hosting a coloring contest for New Lothrop Elementary School students. Coloring pages for entry are available at the elementary school.

The traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus will be held downtown next to Peterson’s Body Shop at 5:45 p.m.


On Tuesday, Nov. 28, a group of New Lothrop students volunteered to work in the workshop for Santa’s Toy Store of Montrose. Here, New Lothrop student Mariah Castillo brushes wood stain onto a ladder ball game. 
Photos by Jeanne Marcello On Tuesday, Nov. 28, a group of New Lothrop students volunteered to work in the workshop for Santa’s Toy Store of Montrose. Here, New Lothrop student Mariah Castillo brushes wood stain onto a ladder ball game. Photos by Jeanne Marcello Local houses will be dressed in Christmas lights as well. New Lothrop village residents who want to participate in the house decorating contest should have their Christmas lights on during judging on Thursday, Dec. 7 (the night before Candlewalk), from 7 until 9 p.m. Homes within the village and up to two miles north, south, east and west of the village will be eligible for the contest.

New Lothrop Downtown Development Authority (DDA) sponsors the annual New Lothrop Candlewalk. DDA president Dave Schnell looks forward to seeing a big crowd for this year’s Candlewalk event.

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