Willow Grimm turns

Willow Grimm turns a corner and peers at the next tree in line at Preston’s Down Home Country Christmas Festival of Trees in 2018. This year’s theme is “Dreamy White Christmas” and takes place this weekend in Preston, with the Festival of Trees, homemade goodies, craft shows, a dance, raffles, auctions and more.

Weathermen aren’t predicting any snowfall this weekend, but that won’t stop the city of Preston from celebrating a “Dreamy White Christmas” Dec. 6-8.

Find Santa Claus, edible goodies, holiday gifts, more than 45 decorated holiday trees, and more this weekend during Preston’s 28th annual Holiday Festival Friday through Sunday throughout the community.

The first visit from Santa Claus will kick off the weekend activities. Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. via fire truck to his home-away-from-home in front of Maquoketa State Bank. Santa will listen to children’s wishes every day of the festival. Joining Santa will be the Lion’s Club Prince and Princess who will be crowned at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the community room of the Preston Fire Station.

Preston’s Park Committee will sell s’mores kits and hot chocolate next to Santa Claus’s house from 5-9 p.m. Friday. Stop by the fire pit to roast your marshmallow, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with all the toppings and stay warm while you wait in line to see Santa.

More than 45 trees will light the way through Preston City Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The trees and displays are sponsored by local organizations, businesses and individuals.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will serve cider, coffee and cookies as local musicians perform holiday music throughout the weekend. 

Friday events:

Girl Scout Cookie Walk and Bake Sale, Preston City Hall (daily)

St. John’s LYO fundraiser, selling cookies in a jar, drink mixes in a jar, etc. at Preston Public Library (also Saturday)

Knights of Columbus Soup Supper featuring soups, sandwiches, and desserts at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

BJ Photography holiday mini sessions, 122 W. Gillet St., $75 for five finished digitized photos (daily)

PAC 4 Kids themed-basket raffle at the local farm bureau office (daily)

Saturday events

Check out the holiday story hour at Preston Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m., including stories, crafts and treats.

American Legion Bake Sale will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Preston Legion Building. There will also be a variety of craft vendors on hand Saturday, including Tupperware, Levi’s Cookies and Crafts, Jenny’s Cakes and Cupcakes and more.

Don your ugliest Christmas sweater for the Lions Ugly Sweater Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight, with music by 3 on the Tree at The Garage on Highway 64. Admission is an unwrapped children’s gift or monetary donation

St. John’s Lutheran Church Jr./Sr. LYO serves up marinara/alfredo pasta bakes with salad, bread and dessert for a freewill conation at the church from 4-8 p.m.

Watch “Polar Express” inside Preston City Hall beginning at 1 p.m.

City Lighting Contest winners will be announced at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Daily events continue into Sunday.

Daily open houses: 

Janice and Gene Bormann, 40771 17th St., handcrafted gifts for all seasons

Patti’s Creations, offering Christmas centerpieces for sale at the Farm Bureau office on Gillet Street

Bonnie Yaddof, 303 N. Mitchell St., Norwax

Open house, Preston Methodist Church

Christmas décor and gifts, 423 N. Main St.

Rawleigh Products from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bernie’s Heating and Cooling

Tailored Moose crocheted creations in the Gator Graphics building on Gillet Street, along with a variety of items on display and for sale by Gator Graphics

Open house at Kunau’s Old Fire Station/City Hall building

Sales of local items including Lance Meier’s new book, St. John’s cookbooks, 4-H cookbooks, bags, North Bend and others at Preston Public Library

Local wineries will host tasting events inside Hartig Drug: Iowa Grapevines Winery Friday and Stoney Creek Winery Saturday. 

Build your own festive mason jars for $5 at Humming Arrow. All supplies will be provided.

Take advantage of some open house opportunities in the community: 

Clinton National Bank: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with refreshments

Maquoketa State Bank: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday with refreshments

Test your luck. Buy $1 chances to win locally crafted quilt and other prizes.

The 2019 Preston Holiday Festival is organized by Pam Bormann, Caroline Bredekamp, Linda Budde, Kendra Driscoll, Silissa Eckhart, Christine Hoogerhyde, Shirly Ritenour, Amy Tietjens and Peggy Weber.