Readlyn, IA - The Grump Who Stole Christmas

Festival or Event in Readlyn, IA

Here ye, Here ye!

History will be made right here in Readlyn this (December) holiday season with our first ever Christmas on Main festival to be known now and forever after as “The Grump Who Stole Christmas”. With a lighted parade, lighting of the tree, horse-drawn trolley rides, a Stroll Down Main, a visit with Santa, and a live Christmas variety show, you won’t want to miss out on this uniquely Readlyn experience.

As this festival will encompass the essence of Readlyn, we need to ensure that all of our wonderful churches, schools, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to participate in and showcase all that makes Readlyn the best place to call home. Promote your organization and bring Christmas to life by hosting an event for our Stroll Down Main Street. Need some unique ideas for ways to join in the fun? Look no further! Below are some great ideas:

Participate in the Christmas variety show

  • Present wrapping station
  • Toy/Food Drive
  • Soup Supper
  • Bonfire & Smores
  • Serve a delicious dessert
  • Decorate store fronts on Main Street
  • Food stand
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Milk & cookies with Santa
  • Crafts for kids
  • Christmas caroling
  • Christmas cookie decorating
  • Decorate an ornament
  • Christmas story hour
  • Christmas treasure hunt
  • Delivering Santa Letters
  • Hot chocolate or cider stand
  • Host a live Nativity Scene
  • Sled Races
  • Snowball fight
  • Snowman sculpting contest

Another great way to contribute is by sharing your space on Main Street to organizations interested in participating but looking to get out of the cold.

We are open to all ideas no matter how big or small.

We promise to incorporate all of Readlyn’s many wonderful traditions including the turkey give-away, the library cookie walk, and the soup supper. And of course, Santa will be sliding into town at the end of our lighted parade. What in the world is a lighted parade? We’re glad you asked! An instant holiday favorite for years to come, joining the lighted parade can be as simple as stringing lights on your float from Grump Days or create a uniquely yours Christmas float. Light up your truck, tractor, semi, car, flatbed, sled, snowmobile, or yourself with battery-operated or small generator strands of lights. With no registration fees and a promise to bring smiles to many, this event is a must for everyone. Be sure to contact Lois at City Hall for your complimentary string of lights for parade participation!

If you or your organization would like to participate in this ground-breaking season tradition, please contact us by email at or by phone at (319) 504-5903.

Be sure to check out future dates on our Facebook page or website.

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Bremer County, IA

Bremer County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will find stories about the contributions made by farmers/ranchers located throughout our county and of course you will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Bremer County, IA page.