La Poste to host party after Holiday Lighted Parade

Kiley Wellendorf - Staff

La Poste will host the first “Poste Holiday Lighted Parade Party” on Friday, Nov. 24 this year. The ladies of La Poste are hoping to continue bringing Christmas spirit to Perry following the Chamber’s Holiday Lighted Parade.

“There’s a lot of good people out there helping us make this be a special event,” said Art on the Prairie President, Jenny Eklund.”

Following the Holiday Lighted Parade beginning at 7 p.m., La Poste will open its doors to the public for a festive holiday party featuring music, food, and an appearance by Santa.

Free-will donations will be accepted during the event.

Christmas Card moment

La Poste will be covered in lights for a Christmas Card, Eklund described.

“I have enough bags and candles to do luminaries all around our block here, and I think there’s 120 [candles],” Eklund said.

The lights will be the backdrop of a Perry Holiday card, which will feature an old artistic truck parked in front of La Poste with a Christmas tree poking out of the truck bed. The tree will feature either white or colored lights.

Perry Photographer, Justin Loyd will capture the image once it’s dark.

“Justin Loyd is going to take a picture of this truck with the tree and all of our lights will be off in the building except for the candles,” Eklund described.

The card will later be sold in Ben Franklin’s, Perry Perk, the Scottish Fox and Mary Rose’s Collection.

Firing Up S’mores – front of La Poste

Outside of the venue, attendees can grab s’mores before heading in for the Christmas festivities. La Poste will have a fire pit ready to go for s’mores with assistance from the junior class.

“The junior class will be roasting s’mores and they’ll be out front,” Eklund said. “The mothers [of the junior class] are putting together a little bag of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, and you buy a bag.”

“We like it that we’re able to help the junior class raise funds for their prom, that’s always a fun thing to help those kids.”

Santa’s arrival – 7:15 p.m.

Santa is scheduled to arrive starting at 7:15 p.m. and will be seated on a white bench provided by Perry Paint and Design, which will be placed underneath an evergreen arch, Eklund explained.

Children are also invited to write letters to Santa and drop them off in a mailbox at the event.

“I got this mailbox, it is a brown little mailbox and it lights up and it says “Letters to Santa” and so we want all of the little kids to write letters and put them in the little mailbox,” Eklund said. “Because we are the old post office, we just thought it would be cool to have this old post box to put their letters in and its just a whole novelty thing.”

Holiday performances, snacks – 8 p.m.

“After waiting for Santa to arrive after the parade, Christian Loaiza is going to be playing his flute [holiday music],” Eklund said.

Following the performance, children from St. Patrick’s School will put on a holiday performance beginning at 8 p.m., followed by a performance from the Perry High School Select Choir group led by Director Jenn Nelson at 8:15 p.m.

“I have to say thank you to Perry Floral; she’s going to be doing those 70 poinsettias and we’re going to divide them in half and do a Christmas tree,” Eklund said. “They will flank the select choir and that will look beautiful.”

Tari Mason, of Perry Perk, will be passing out hot chocolate, and Perry Perk will also have espressos and lattes, Eklund described. Baked chocolate chip cookies will be made accessible for attendees.

“Everybody bakes cookies at Christmas so why [not] make cookies,” Eklund said.

Those who attend can participate in a drawing and receive a prize.

“I’ve got a bunch of stockings that I’m going to put somewhere in the building and were going to put little gift things [in the stockings] and draw names out of a box of those that attend and they can win a small prize,” Eklund said.

Afterwards: Cellar events – 8:30 p.m.

Genevieve Salamone, the One-Woman Symphony will put on a holiday performance in the cellar of La Poste around 8:30 p.m. Lastly, the cellar will be equipped with finger-foods and hors d’oeuvres, along with a cash bar and Andy’s Special Holiday Drink.

“We’re doing this to make Perry proud and to enjoy the holiday season,” Eklund said.