Christmas By The Lake: Clear Lake, Iowa

It’s no secret that Clear Lake, Iowa is home to the best Christmas celebration in the Midwest. December 2019 will be arriving soon. Hopefully, with warm temps and an opportunity to view the Christmas parade in fairly light layers of clothing. December 7, 2019, is when the festivities are scheduled for this year. I can recall several years ago that we attended the parade in our full-blown snowsuits and layers upon layers of clothing. Hopefully, it will be a comfortable weekend to enjoy Clear Lake. Imagine fireworks over this, come the first weekend in December.

Christmas By The Lake Brings Fireworks Over a Frozen Lake

Clear Lake November

A Variety of Excellent Dining Experiences Can Be Found In Clear Lake, Iowa

Clear Lake offers fun dining experiences with KB Emporium, Fiddler’s Lounge and Surf District Bar & Grill, there is something for everyone. Tip: If you enjoy music, Fiddler’s Lounge and Surf District Bar & Grill are where you want to go.

The Clear Lake Arts Center is always loaded with holiday activities and a must stop, while in town, over the Christmas By The Lake weekend. The Clear Lake Arts Center is always in the holiday spirit and it shows!

Clear Lake Arts Center Decorations

Things You Cannot Miss At Christmas By The Lake In Clear Lake, Iowa

Highlights of Saturday include horse drawn carriage and Main Street Trolley rides, craft show, pony rides, chili cook-off and more. Christmas karaoke is a fan favorite, as are the strolling Dickens characters. The lighted Christmas parade on Saturday follows with fireworks over the frozen lake.

Here’s my tip when viewing the parade. Position yourself near Cabin Coffee, so you are fairly close to the seawall, as you will have fewer blocks to walk to view the fireworks that are set off over the lake. And another suggestion, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while you wait for the parade to begin.

Sunday highlights include the Polar Bear Dip (Brrrrr) at 12:30 pm and a Kids Treasure Hunt at (1 pm at the Lakeview Room for ages 12 and under). A free family matinee at 11 am will be at the Lake Theatre, with admission being a donation to the food bank.

Bring Your Christmas List For Santa

Bring your family and friends to Clear Lake, Iowa for the fun celebration of Christmas By The Lake. Don’t forget to bring your list for Santa, as he will be all ears when it comes to listening to what you want for Christmas. Christmas By the Lake is the ideal time to fully grasp the holidays. Santa and Mrs. Claus are sure to make your experience even more memorable.

Santa House Clear Lake Iowa

When is the last time you attended a Christmas parade in the Midwest and fell in love with a lake town? Clear Lake has proven that it is the best place to be the first weekend in December. Make it a Christmas to remember in Clear Lake. I hope to see you out and about enjoying Christmas By The Lake next weekend.



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Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. You can find her traveling where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. Are you looking to take a road trip? Sara has solutions for you!

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