Welcome to the upcoming winter events in Whitewater in a snowy wonderland with Drive in Santa Claus, the Christmas Parade, community school concerts and a few snow walks with the Ice Age trails. Get into the Christmas spirit by watching the Christmas parade, gathering as a family to see Santa Claus, and watching school concerts.
Instead of walking into a building to sit on Santa’s lap, ask him for gifts and take family photos with him, this year will be different. Due to Covid-19 Drive in Santa Claus will help keep everyone safe with the help of the Whitewater Optimist Club.
“Now with Covid it’s called Drive Through with Santa, you can see a lot of characters and give the kids a bag of goodies,” Optimist Club president Al Hutchinson said. “It will be the optimist club, the students, maybe the Aquatic Center who will be involved. We try to get families to bring in perishable food for the pantry. It is usually the first or second day of December. And that will likely take place in the parking lot at Whitewater High School.
The annual downtown Whitewater Christmas Parade of Light is one of the biggest highlights of the winter season. It’s a time and place for the community to come together around the floats, with many organizations marching in the parade with smiles on their faces, staying warm, watching the beautiful twinkling lights and drinking hot chocolate.
“This is the annual Parade of Lights this year that it’s hosted and our main sponsor is Generic,” said Downtown Whitewater Board Chair Lisa Dawsey Smith. “We’re lucky to have a title sponsor, we envision them both leading the parade, but maybe even with a float and a really big semi-trailer in the parade. The timing of this rate will always be the 1st Friday of December, which allows it to be a bit removed from immediate holidays, like Thanksgiving or people celebrating Christmas or even Hanukkah. The parade itself is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3. We usually have Santa Claus in one of our locations and we are best seen downtown because of the street lights and the width of the sidewalks there. It’s not something you’re going to have to sit in the freezing cold for an hour or more. Usually, we don’t see the parade last longer than about half an hour. Then we should have a fireplace with s’mores. Everything about the event is completely free. You will see that some of the businesses downtown will be releasing hot chocolate.
Whitewater High School, Middle School and Elementary Schools all have events that will take place during the season. The High School Fall Musical takes place on November 28 and the jazz group will perform on December 6. The college will have its Middle School Choir concert on December 16 and its winter concert on December 8. The primary school has its elementary concert on December 18th and the Music Masters on December 19th. Put them on the calendar and get ready for the music!
Celebrating the winter season in Whitewater with these events will help you stay in touch with your community and create new memories. You can do this by going to the Drive Through at the Whitewater Optimist Club with Santa Claus and attending the Christmas Light Parade. Go see bands and concerts from Whitewater schools, and hike the Ice Age trails to get in the mood for this winter wonderland of Whitewater.