The 4th Annual New Melle Country Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting was a huge success, despite some chilly, foggy weather.
The event combines both indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment, as well as free food and refreshments sponsored by area businesses and organizations. This is a group event co-sponsored by the New Melle Chamber of Commerce and New Melle Sports and Rec, in appreciation for the community’s support and patronage.
Outdoors, those who attended enjoyed complimentary Wassail/warm mulled wine, walking tacos, hot dogs, and chili dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, free Smoothie King drinks, roasting s’mores at the fire pit, games, amazing jugglers, a balloon artist, holiday music and a live nativity/petting zoo.
At 5 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by Fire Truck and lit the gorgeous Norfolk Pine tree in front of the NMSR Hall.
Indoor activities included cookie decorating, ornament making, a magic show, another balloon artist, letters to Santa, pictures to color, free cookies and punch, reindeer treats, and of course, pictures with Santa on a beautifully decorated stage.
Our community once again showed its generous side, donating over 110 Teddy Bears and $250 cash to Teddy Bears for Trevor in memory of Trevor Joerling. The donations will be delivered to the Hematology floor at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to help comfort children who are hospitalized over the holidays. A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who supported this cause!
A special thank you is also extended to all the 2019 New Melle Country Christmas sponsors:
A & S Septic and Utilities, LLC
Ages & Stages Learning Center
Blondin Professional Real Estate
Boone Country Connection
Boone County 4-H Club
Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique LLC
City of New Melle
Coach Chad Millard & Daniel Boone
Elementary RGB Program
Fireside Bar & Grill
Fitness First Exercise
Friedens Peace United Church of Christ
Girl Scout Troop - Kindergarten
Girl Scout Troops 717 and 2495
Intelligent Plumbing Solutions
Joerling Brothers Trucking
K & M Siding and Gutters
Karrenbrock Construction, Inc.
Knights of Columbus IHM
New Melle Baptist Church
New Melle Dental
New Melle Fire Protection District
Peoples Savings Bank
Player 21 Sports
Pocket of Preschool Academy
Short Stop’s Convenience Store
St. John’s United Church of Christ
State Farm Insurance - Kathy Kilo-Peterson
Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards
The Quarry Wine Garden
Wind Ridge Farm
Work Horse Construction Group