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Enjoy Sidney's Small Town Christmas


November 22, 2017 | View PDF

If Christmas to you means a warm sense of community, photos with Santa, and a parade of lights, Sidney is the place for you! The city will be the host of many traditional and annual events, meals and photo opportunities with Santa, a parade of lights, and many community-wide events to get you in the Christmas spirit. The season begins early, so shop local and enjoy what Sidney has to offer.

Friday, November 24: Sidney's "It's a Small Town Christmas" event begins bright an early at 8:00 AM with Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County. Enjoy breakfast at the New Fire Hall and pictures with Santa. Santa will head over to Reese & Ray's IGA to decorate cookies with kids until noon. Cookies are free, in partnership with the Sidney Jaycees. A polar Plunge, presented by Richland County Law Enforcement, will take place at the old fire hall from noon until 2:00 PM. The Centre Theatre will have a free showing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" beginning at 2:00 PM. The 15th Annual Parade of Trees, a cooperative fundraiser for the MonDak Heritage Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County, will be open for viewing at the MonDak Heritage Center at 3:00 PM. The auction of the trees, led by Jeremy Norby, commences at 5:00. Float lineup for the parade begins at 5:30 PM in the Cenex parking lot, and the parade heads down Central Ave at 6:30PM. Live entertainment provided by the Sidney Rockettes, sponsored by Tri-County Implement, and Cutting Edge Dancers occurs in front of RestorX. Bleacher seating is available close by. Finally, join the staff at Reynold's Market for a final opportunity for pictures with Santa and refreshments following the parade.

Sunday, December 3: Join the MonDak Heritage Center to celebrate the 31st Annual MonDak Christmas from 1:30 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 3rd. This free, family-friendly event features free-will donation photos with Santa, desserts from local bakers for sale, and an exhibition of the wreaths and trees from the Parade of Trees. Participants can make marbled glass ball Christmas ornaments and decorate gingerbread men. The 5th grade choir, led by Janet Spracklin, and dancers from Cutting Edge Dance Studio will be performing. The event is sponsored by H&R Block and Missouri River Realty, and all donations will help support youth programming at the MonDak.

Saturday, December 9: The "Gifts from the Heart" annual gift distribution, organized by the Richland County Christmas Coalition, will take place on Saturday, December 9, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event takes place at the Sidney Masonic Lodge, across from the Courthouse. The goal of the event is to provide an opportunity for parents and guardians in need to shop free of charge for donated gifts. Shoppers will be provided with a food basket containing the ingredients to make Christmas dinner. Recipients of the gifts must be residents of Richland County, and under the age of 18. Parents are asked not to bring children to the distribution. Donations and volunteers are welcome. Toy donations can be dropped off at any local Edward Jones; hats and mittens can be donated at any Richland County financial institution, and monetary donations can be made at Stockman Bank in Sidney. Please contact Jakkie Waller at 406-480-9117 for additional information or to volunteer.

Saturday, December 9: Enjoy the last of the nice weather before a white Christmas at the Santa Fun Run! Sponsored by the Shops at Fox Run and the "Run the World" Sidney Run Club, the Santa Fun Run begins at 10:00 AM with a 5K, or choose a 1-mile walk at 11:00AM. Run or walk as Santa, an Elf, or spring for an ugly sweater! The cost of participation is $25, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Christmas Coalition. Preregistration, which guarantees a T-shirt, ends on November 30th, but registration without a T-shirt ends on December 8th. Register online at

Saturday, December 17: Sidney's Youth Bowling League will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa at Mucho Si on December 17th from 9:00 AM until noon. French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages will be served. Pictures with Santa are available. The cost is $10 for adults, children age 10 and under are $5, and children under 3 eat free.

Monday, December 18: Santa will make a pre-Christmas appearance at the Meadowlark Public House on December 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Children eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Pictures with Santa are available, and kids will be elegable to win prizes!


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