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Harrison (3) and Scarlett (7) McInroy of Clear Lake tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas during Christmas by the Lake on Dec. 7 in Clear Lake.


Jerry Smith



Christmas by the Lake will return to downtown Clear Lake in some form this December.

The holiday event, organized by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will be on Saturday, Dec. 5.

This year’s Christmas by the Lake will feature safe and socially distanced family fun activities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the chamber’s event calendar, some of those confirmed are Lights on 5K, drive-thru Breakfast with Santa, One Vision’s annual Festival of Trees, Clear Lake Arts Center’s 12 Days Holiday Market, Outdoor Christmas Market at Simply Nourished, Hovick Family Farm Petting Zoo and Christmas with the Rollaz featuring the Holy Rocka Rollaz at the Surf Ballroom & Museum.

Because of the pandemic, the lighted parade and fireworks — some of the weekend’s biggest draws — won’t take place this year, the chamber announced.



The Holy Rocka Rollaz

The Holy Rocka Rollaz will perform at the Surf Ballroom & Museum in Clear Lake on Dec. 5.




Additional activities are in the works.

Christmas by the Lake is a holiday tradition that has provided food, fun and festivities for thousands of North Iowans since the early 1990s.

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The weekend event is the culmination of weeks of work on behalf of an all-volunteer organizing committee. Last year the event celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Historically, the event features a lighted parade, Polar Bear Dip, Santa, outdoor market, horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, fireworks finale and much more.

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