New London’s Holiday of Wonder is an annual event
held the first Friday night and Saturday morning in December. In
2013, the festivities began Friday night; however, the frigid
temperatures resulted in the cancellation of the Reindeer Run
hosted by the New London Parks & Recreation Dept. Typically, all ages are
welcome to participate in this 1 mile fun run / walk.
The Reindeer Run begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Washington
Center Gym, 600 W. Washington St. Participants are
encouraged to wear imaginative and fun holiday décor. Participants
run the parade route just prior to the start of the parade and
finish downtown at Wisconsin St. where they can enjoy the parade.
As the run / walk ends downtown, due to Municipal Code 9.41 pets are not
allowed in the run / walk.
At 6 p.m. local groups, individuals and
businesses joined in the street parade, which started on S. Pearl St.
and disbanded in the Wolf River Plaza parking lot. All were welcome
to participate. Interested groups are asked to complete the parade
entry form; a link to the form can be found in the upper right hand corner of
Attendees can also enjoy a variety of family entertainment including;
Gingerbread House contest,
old fashioned Black Smith demonstration, live
Nativity in Taft Park and horse drawn wagon rides with family or
friends. Unfortunately, in 2013 due to the frigid temperatures,
the outdoor activities were cancelled.
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa Land in New London’s Grand Cinema Theatre
Friday, from 6:30 ‘til 9 p.m. Santa will have a special treat for
each child. Professional photos were taken and
each family received one
free 4-inch-by-5-inch print of their kids’ special time with Santa.
Additional photos were available for
$2 each (or take
your own). In 2013, Friday's festivities wound down with a FREE movie in the Grand
Cinema Theatre at 9:15 p.m. The featured film will be "Smurfs
Santa and Mrs. Claus were back on Saturday morning from 10 a.m.
'til 12 p.m. - noon at the Grand Cinema Theatre to greet all the children.
Following a visit to Santa, the "Smurfs 2"
movie was shown at 12:15 p.m. FREE of charge.
of Wonder Photos Through the Years
December 7, 2012
December 7, 2012
Photos courtesy of Ross Bielema of
December 4, 2011
December 5, 2008
December 7, 2007
For more information call (920) 982-5822