Magical Night 2018
November 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Magical Night will be on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa.
The event will include a lighting ceremony, thousands of luminarias, trolley and train rides along First Street, strolling carolers, pictures with Santa, a live nativity including a live camel, music and dance concerts, a Holiday Bazaar and open houses along Mount Vernon’s historic Main Street District.
At 5 p.m. at the First Street Community Center, Santa will be throwing the switch unveiling Mount Vernon’s holiday lights. This will be followed by a wide range of events along Mount Vernon’s historic First Street that will include visits and photos with Santa in the Mount Vernon Bank & Trust building, a Holiday Craft Bazaar in the basement of City Hall, and live music and activities in almost every Uptown building.
The event will include the 25th annual production of the Living Nativity, provided by St. Paul Lutheran Church. This performance will include music, actors, and live animals. The performance is at the Memorial Park Gazebo in Uptown Mount Vernon. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided at the Visitors Center after each program. Children are encouraged to see the live animals after each performance, including a camel.
First Street will be closed to traffic from A Avenue to Fourth Avenue West, staring in the afternoon. Most activities will take place in the 5 block area from the First Street Community Center to the Memorial Park Gazebo.
Shuttle buses will pick up attendees at the Mt Vernon Middle School parking lot, take them to uptown Mt Vernon during the festival, and provide return shuttle rides.