Magical Night is Dec. 5th

Mount Vernon’s 29th annual Magical Night event will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at several locations throughout Uptown Mount Vernon. Lisbon’s Holiday Jubilee will take place Saturday, Dec. 14th, on the streets of Lisbon. Both events include visits from Santa and loads of holiday fun and good cheer.

The two events signal the beginning of Mount Vernon and Lisbon’s Hometown Holidays, a month-long celebration of the holidays.

Mount Vernon’s Magical Night Dec. 5

Thursday, Dec. 5, marks Mount Vernon’s annual Magical Night, a celebration of holiday magic that begins on the lawn of the First Street Community Center, 221 First St. NE. Volunteers from the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) have teamed with the City of Mount Vernon to celebrate the holiday season. At 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, Santa himself 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, a Vendor and Art Fair at Mount Vernon Creates, a Live Nativity at Memorial Park and live music and activities in almost every Uptown building.

Mount Vernon’s historic 1st Street will once again be closed to traffic to create a Holiday-inspired Ped Mall for the entire festival from 5 to 8 p.m.

A shuttle provided by Mount Vernon Community Schools will be going back and forth along 4th Avenue, taking guests from the parking lots at the Mount Vernon Community School District to the United Methodist Church and back. The shuttle will run continuously from 5 to 8 p.m.

Trolley rides sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. connecting all activities along first street.

Returning this year will be the International and Multicultural Holiday Celebration at Cornell College’s Stoner House, sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life, and the growing series of animatronic window displays in several area businesses. Also returning is a trackless train that will be running from the parking lot of Iowa Physical Therapy, 108 1st St. SE.

“Magical Night is one of our most anticipated events of 2019,” said Joe Jennison, Director of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG). “With lights and live animals, trolley cars, and Santa Claus himself, there is something for everyone this holiday season in Mount Vernon and Lisbon. The holiday season is a great time to discover the small-town magic of these two great communities.”

Lisbon Holiday Jubilee Dec. 14

Lisbon Holiday Jubilee has activities throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning with the annual breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Lisbon History Center, 102 East Main St., Lisbon. This will be followed by a performance of the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater’s “The Snow Queen,” at 10 a.m. at the Lisbon Public Library, 101 E. Main Street, Lisbon. Other holiday activities in Lisbon that day will include a special holiday movie at the SE Linn Community Center; and a visit from Santa at noon, at the Lisbon History Center.

A complete list of events is available here:

Information on these and other Mount Vernon-Lisbon events is available at

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Mount Vernon was named one of America’s “10 Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel magazine in October of 2009. More information is available at

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.


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