The Holiday season is in full swing, but there’s still plenty to do in the Ripon area.
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A Dickens of an event: Ripon’s favorite holiday event returns for its 31st year
Ripon will welcome in the holidays with its 31st-annual Dickens of a Christmas Dec. 3 through Dec. 5.
The Dickens of a Christmas event features a variety of events and activities throughout the city.
Events will be held such as the Dickens Holiday Parade, Gingerbread House Contest at Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, Meet up with Santa at Mr. & Mrs. P’s Eatery, Living Windows on Saturday, numerous chances to dine and shop throughout Ripon.
Guests who visit Friday will be able to enjoy this Holiday Parade through downtown Ripon featuring area businesses, civic organizations, the Ripon High School band, youth sports teams, Santa Claus and more. Also on Friday, the Ripon Area Community Theatre will perform a radio play of “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Christmas parade set for Dec. 3 in Brandon
The streets of Brandon again will come alive with the holiday spirit as the community hosts its 20th-annual Christmas Parade and Drive Thru Supper with Santa on Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Brandon-Fairwater Fire Department.
Parade lineup begins at 5 p.m. on Washington Street, with the event starting at 6 p.m.
The parade will travel south on West Street, east on Main Street and end at Clark Street. Participants will unload and disassemble their entries in the parking lots of the Bank of Oakfield, Brandon Clinic and the Fond du Lac County Garage.
‘A Christmas Carol’ radio play is planned
The Ripon Area Community Theatre (RACT) will perform a live radio play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Ripon City Hall Council Chamber.
“We’re very excited about our radio production,” said Brian Reilly, director and author of the radio play. “We have a lot of talented performers voicing the characters, some of which double as our Foley artists, who will be providing the live sound effects.”
A Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol” is set in Victorian England, where the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future to help him better understand the world and his place in it.
The Friday performance also will be broadcast live on 93.1 FM, Ripon’s Hometown Broadcasting station and on the Ripon Channel (Spectrum Channel 986 and live streamed on YouTube.com/riponchannel).
Entrants sought for Dickens Holiday Parade
The Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking entrants for a relatively new event associated with the 31st-annual Dickens of a Christmas Weekend.
The second-ever Dickens Holiday Parade will be held Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Ripon.
Parade entries can include local businesses, service organizations, civic organizations, school clubs, musical groups and more.
“We had such tremendous success with the parade in 2019, and we are happy to be bringing the event back to the community this year,” Ripon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith said.
Parade entries should decorate their entry with as many lights as possible to “light up” the event.
A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus will conclude the parade.
To register, call the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at 748-6764 or visit www.ripon-wi.com.
Live music at Vines & Rushes
Vines & Rushes Winery will host live Music featuring Amelia Ford Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Amelia Ford is a prolific singer-songwriter performing over 50 original songs of various styles including blues, pop, and folk rock.
Once a member of a small bluegrass band, Amelia now performs as a solo act and lead of Amelia & the Earharts, a folk-rock alternative band centered around her originals.
DJ Trivia Thursday
Knuth Brewing Co. will host DJ Trivia Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is a free event that will award participants for their knowledge.
First through third place winners will be awarded gift cards. Knuth Brewing Co. describes the event as “always free, always fun.”
“Come join the fun with friends,” the brewery’s website said of the event.