A community newsletter serving New Melle, Defiance, Augus​ta, Marthasville, Dutzow​​ a​nd surrounding areas.

New Melle Country Christmas


On Saturday, November 25, the New Melle Chamber of Commerce and New Melle Sports and Rec hosted their annual New Melle Country Christmas and tree lighting. It was a magical evening for the whole community. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at NMSR by firetruck, and the kids were ready and waiting to talk to Santa inside the festively decorated hall. Families could also write a letter to Santa, make a Christmas ornament, take pictures at the photo booth, and enjoy cookies and punch. There were balloon artists and face painters and the ever-popular magic show. Outside, carolers sang while the crowd enjoyed a warm fire, hot cocoa, wassail, popcorn, hot dogs, and walking tacos. There were games, a snow globe craft, a fire-eater and more. Each child also received a goodie bag with treats. Canned goods were collected for St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and teddy bears were donated to honor Trevor Joerling. The teddy bears will be delivered to hospitalized children on Christmas morning.

This community event is free, thanks to the many sponsors who support this annual event. A special thank-you to the group of volunteers who organized, set up, decorated, manned booths, cleaned up and everything in between. Special thanks to NMSR for hosting the event, the Boone Country 4H for filling and placing the luminaries, Paul Mittler for the sound system and the IHM Carolers for the beautiful Christmas music. Most of all, thanks to everyone who attended and made this a spectacular New Melle Country Christmas!


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Ella (L) and Titus (R) Boyet visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

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Walker (L) and Sam Gettman with a balloon baby. 

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Girl Scout Troop 450 from Marthasville passed out cookies and punch provided by the City of New Melle. 

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Amy Schneider handed out the goody bags and collected the Teddy Bears. 


NEW MELLE Country Christmas 2023 Sponsor List
A & S Septic & TS Utilities
Aisling Med Spa Allison Counts
Allison Counts
Amanda Rie Photography
Arch Transit
Becky Robbins Designs
Blondin Professional Realty
Boone Country 4-H
Boone Country Connection
Bridge Church
Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique
Carol Quinn
Dan Main Flat Branch Home Loans
Diamond Hauling
Elaine Sweeten
Grace Hauling
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Intelligent Plumbing Solutions
Jackie Guenther
Joerling Bros Trucking
Judy Lee Anderson
Julia Welge, Pixels & Poses
Karrenbrock Construction
King Contracting Tree & Stump Removal
Carrie Heintezlman
Branson Vacation Rentals
Lori Edwards
Midwest Forestry Mulching & Land Clearing
New Melle Animal Hospital
New Melle Baking
New Melle Dental
Overstock Outlet
Peoples Savings Bank
Red Beauty Salon
Red Tree Church
St. John's Church
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
The Quarry
Trophy Properties - Jesse Klinger
Trevor Goodman