Twenty-One Marching Bands and “A Night of Family Traditions” Highlight the 45th Annual Appleton Downtown Christmas Parade

A record number twenty-one marching bands and this year’s theme “A Night of Family Traditions” will highlight The 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.  New this year, the parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th.

angelsdowntownTwenty-one marching bands from Northeastern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan high schools and area communities will perform in the parade. 

“The twenty-one marching bands ties a record for this parade,” according to Greg Otis, Parade Chairman. “We are excited to have bands coming from as far away as Menominee, Michigan all the way down to Barneveld, Wisconsin.”

The parade will feature about 75 units including floats, decorated vehicles, walking units and animal entries.

This year’s parade will be televised live by WFRV-TV from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Local Channel 5

will also videotape the parade for rebroadcast at a later date.

The parade begins with a police escort at State Street and College Avenue.  It travels east down College Avenue and ends at Drew Street. 

The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest.  Last year’s parade drew approximately 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton.  Additionally, a television audience of over 100,000, view the parade live and during a rebroadcast on Local Channel 5, WFRV-TV.

For more parade information visit http://www.appleton.org.

Walter Rugland Honorary Parade Marshal 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade

The 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade will be Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. This year’s theme is “A Night of Family Traditions.”

The Parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the corner of State St. and College Ave. It will head east on College Ave. to Drew St.

Honorary Parade Marshal is Walter S. Rugland

Grand Marshal Walter S. RuglandWalter S. Rugland is retired Executive Vice President, Thrivent Financial. After a lengthy career in the East with an international consulting firm, with his family he moved to Appleton from Hartford, Connecticut in 1998.

Walt has been recognized in Appleton with Rotary‘s Heeter Award, the annual Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award (named after his late father), and the Appleton West Hall of Fame. He served 12 years as secretary/treasurer of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. He serves as a Director of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, the Fox Cities Building for the Arts, the Appleton Boychoir, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. He is past Chairman of The Board of the ThedaCare Health System, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, and the Community Blood Center. Since 2010 he has had a major commitment to realization of a full functioning convention facility in the Fox Cities, leading the Fox Cities Exhibition Center organization.

Walt graduated from Appleton High School, and received a bachelor’s degree from Luther College and an Actuarial Science MBA from the University of Michigan. He has served his profession as president of the Society of Actuaries and the International Actuarial Association.

Tina Marie’s Boutique Holiday Wreaths benefit Alzheimer’s – Festival of Trees

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Tina Marie’s Unique Boutique is participating in this year’s Festival of Trees.  Learn more about Festival of Trees here.

Here are some photos of their wreaths on display in our Tina Marie’s Unique Boutique at:  206 East College Avenue.

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Mine is titled:  “Have yourself a Nauti Little Christmas”

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and Sonnet’s is titled:  “Let music fill the air; May the magic of the airplants; Bring joy

everywhere”.  Tina Marie’s charity is:  The Alzheimer’s Association.

Thanks,

Tina and Sonnet
Tina Marie’s Unique Boutique
206 E. College Avenue

Downtown Appleton One Great Place for the Holidays

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Downtown Appleton merchants, in partnership with Appleton Downtown, Incorporated (ADI), will usher in the gift-giving season with special “Downtown for the Holidays” activities, beginning Nov. 13 and continuing through Dec. 31.

Highlights include the following themed events:

Downtown Window Walk, Fri., Nov. 13, 6 to 9 p.m. – Kick off the season  by enjoying merchant window displays and refreshments; the music of holiday carolers and special offers and sales from Downtown retailers, restaurants and bars.  View and bid on the Festival of Trees decorated trees, wreaths and swags in participating businesses and at the Trout Museum of Art.

One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market, Saturdays, Nov. 21 through Dec. 19 – Part of the Indoor Winter Farm Market inside Center Plaza.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This special shop gives kids the opportunity to purchase reasonably priced gifts for their parents, siblings and friends with the help of an elf. Gift selections are marked in even dollar amounts with tax included, to make shopping easy for young children.

Santa Visits, Saturdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 12 – Offered at Gabriel Furniture, 201 E. College Ave., from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy the freedom to visit and take your own photos!

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The 45th annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade, Tues., Nov. 24 – Parade starts at 7:00 p.m. along College Avenue. This year’s theme is “A Night Of Family Traditions.”

Small Business Saturday, Sat., Nov. 28 –Support local small businesses and enjoy special offers and a chance to win two tickets from Appleton Airport nonstop to Tampa/St Pete, Florida on Allegiant! 

Holiday Fun Fest, Sat., Dec. 19 – Features Thrivent Financial’s “Avenue of Ice.” Special activities include: ice carving demonstrations and ice sculpture creations along College Avenue, the chance to see live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, refreshments, visits with Santa, music and more from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Houdini Plaza.

Additionally, a free Downtown for the Holiday Guide is now available for download on the ADI website at www.appletondowntown.org.  Printed copies of the guide are also available for pick-up at Downtown businesses.

Thrivent Cans Hunger at 2015 Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade

thriventcanshunger279Help us make the Thrivent Financial Outagamie County Chapter canned food drive the largest canned food drive of 2015!  Bring your donations to the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade on November 24th!

Thrivent Chapter logo“Thrivent Cans Hunger” was developed by our local Thrivent Chapter to help ensure every man, woman and child in the Fox Valley has three decent meals a day. We are bringing it back again for the fourth year in a row! Throughout the month of November, area schools will be competing against each other to collect the most cans through their individual canned food drives. Watch for the winning school in person in the parade or on the telecast by WFRV-TV.

To continue this generosity, we ask that you bring your donations (canned goods only – no paper, glass or cardboard packages, please) to the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Encourage your friends to do the same! Following the Santa Scamper, between 6:30pm – 7:00pm, watch for the Thrivent Cans Hunger group along with The Family radio station van as it rolls down College Avenue to start off the parade. All donations collected by area schools and the night of the parade will be distributed between local food pantries. For more information on this event, please contact Ashley Fleming, Events Director, at: ashleydawson20@yahoo.com

One Great Place for Holidays! Holiday Window Walk November 13th

Join us for fun in downtown at the Holiday Window Walk event on November 13th from 6 to 9 pm all over our great downtown!  Check the list below for special offers at our downtown businesses during the Window Walk!

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Fresh Expressions, 1011 W. College Ave. –

  • Refreshments and drawing for handmade WI Christmas ornaments!

Globally Sound Fair Trade, 604 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Free Fair Trade Chocolate samples!

Muncheez Pizzeria, 600 W. College Ave.

  • Free hot chocolate or soda w/ $5 food purchase!

Jack’s Apple Pub, 535 W. College Ave.

  • Specially priced Peppermint Pattie!

Appleton Bike Shop, 121 S. State St.

  • Enjoy 25% off any winter gear!

Coventry Glassworks & Gallery, 514 W. College Ave.

  • Opening reception for new exhibit by local watercolor artis, Phil Sealy.  Refreshments!

Acoca Coffee, 500 W. College Ave.

  • Free samples!

Angels Forever-Windows of Light, 310 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy 20% off gold jewelry, free calendars & cookies!

Copper Rock Coffee Co., 210 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy 10% off all drinks!

Crazy Sweet, 201 W. College Ave.

  • Free hot apple cider!

Trout Museum of Art, 111 W. College Ave.

  • Enjoy live music 7:45-8:30pm while viewing the Festival of Trees at the Festival hub!  Free!

The Building For Kids Children’s Museum, 100 W. College Ave.

  • Not open tonight, but stop back to bid on our tree!

Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St.

  • Not open tonight, but stop back to bid on our tree!

Rookies, 325 N. Appleton St.

  • Stop in to enjoy our Friday Night Fish Fry!

Joseph’s Shoes, 10 College Ave (inside City Center)

  • In-store specials and treats!

Items of Interest, 10 College Ave (inside City Center)

  • In-store specials!

Boardlandia, 10 College Ave (inside City Center)

  • Freshly baked cookies & a free raffle for prizes!

DePawsitory, 103 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy hot cocoa & cookies for you & Fido!

Vagabond Imports, 113 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Cookies!

The Vintage Garden, 119 E. College Ave.

  • Join us for treats & in-store specials!

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  • Customer Appreciation sale runs Nov. 9-14

Eco Candle, 123 E. College Ave.

  • Special discounts on great gift ideas

Just Act Natural, 129 E. College Ave.

  • Free food sampling. Live music. In-store discounts!

Tina Marie’s Unique Boutique, 206 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Cookies & hot chocolate!

Sonnet’s Garden Blooms, 206 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy Cookies & hot chocolate!

Beatnik Betty’s Resale Butik, 208 E. College Ave.

  • Save 15% off select items!

Studio 213, 213 E. College Ave. 

  • Refreshments, plus 15% off antiques, glassware, primitives & furniture!

Dance!, 225 E. College Ave.

  • Pointe shoe decorating (pre-reg. required)! Refreshments!

Blue Moon Emporium, 227 E. College Ave.

  • Enjoy treats and 10% off your purchase!

Pinot’s Palette, 226 E. College Ave.

  • Watch live painting in the Picasso Studio and save $10/seat on any session booked.

The Fire, 230 E. College Ave.

  • Purchase an ornament & receive one half off (equal or lesser value) Plus bonus gift certificates!

The Traveling Palette, 109 N. Durkee St.

  • Enjoy the “Candyland Express” Model train exhibit with trains & photos by Lars Anderson!

Heid Music, 308 E. College Ave.

  • Not open tonight, but stop back to bid on our tree!

*Some exclusions apply.  See individual businesses for details.

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“A NIGHT OF FAMILY TRADITIONS” THEME OF 45th ANNUAL APPLETON DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 6.35.37 PM“A Night of Family Traditions” is this year’s theme of The 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.  New this year, the parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th.

The parade will feature about 75 units including floats, decorated vehicles, walking units and animal entries.

Twenty one marching bands from Northeastern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan high schools and area communities will perform in the parade. 

“We selected “A Night of Family Traditions” as our theme because this is all about generations of children and families enjoying this nighttime parade.” according to Greg Otis, Parade Chairman.

This year’s parade will be televised live by WFRV-TV from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Local Channel 5

will also videotape the parade for rebroadcast at a later date.

The parade begins with a police escort at State Street and College Avenue.  It travels east down College Avenue and ends at Drew Street. 

The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest.  Last year’s parade drew approximately 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton.  Additionally, a television audience of over 100,000, view the parade live and during a rebroadcast on Local Channel 5, WFRV-TV.

For more parade information visit http://www.appleton.org.