Community Interest

Fun Times at New Melle Country Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

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
Bodywise Pilates
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
Grace Hauling
Intelligent Plumbing Solutions
Joerling Brothers Trucking
Judy Anderson
K & M Siding and Gutters
Karrenbrock Construction, Inc.
Knights of Columbus IHM
New Melle Baptist Church
New Melle Dental
New Melle Fire Protection District
Overstock Outlet
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

A special thank you also to all the volunteers (young & old) who helped plan, decorate, set up and clean up, to Paul Reese, the New Melle Fire Department, the community choir, Matt Joerling & Bob Lamping for decorating the tree, and Paul Mittler/New Melle Passion Play for setting up and operating the amazing sound system.

Mark you calendars and be sure to attend again next year the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

Photos by Jacquie Bird and Julie Burt.

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Awesome Jugglers from Circus Kaput

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One of 2 balloon artists from Circus Kaput.

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Roasting S'mores - sponsored by
Ages and Stages Learning Center, assisted by Friedens UCC

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Smoothie King - free drinks!

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Boone Country 4-H Club - Hot Chocolate and Marshmellow toss

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Dr. Paul Moore and his wife, Cheryl, New Melle Dental - popcorn

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Hotdogs, chili dogs, walking tacos sponsored by Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique,
Fireside Bar and Grill, Joerling Bros. Trucking, & Karrenbrock Const.
(L-R) Sarah Hayek, Carla Brakensiek, Alana Rufkahr, Janet Karrenbrock, Tiffany Rovin,
Maureen Blondin and Lisa DeBold.

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Registration helpers.

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Christmas Tree Ladies:
Betty Tuepker and Bonnie Soetebier.

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Trevor Joerling's Family - collecting Teddy Bears for
children hospitalized over the holidays.

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Decorating Cookies, sponsored by Player 21 Sports.

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Leland the Magician put on a great magic show.

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Coloring/letters to Santa - sponsored by Short Stop's Convenience Store.

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Making ornaments - sponsored by Pocket of Preschool Academy.

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Two cute little elves!

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Visiting Santa.

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Visiting Santa.

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Hugging Mrs. Claus.

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Visiting Santa.

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Visiting Santa.

More photos on the New Melle Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.