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December 2, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Deb Johnson, Parade Executive Director, 434-6901

Many Events Part Of Star City Holiday Festival

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today reminded are residents that many activities are part of the Star City Holiday Festival now under way in Lincoln. The festival kicked off Sunday evening with the Holiday Lighting Ceremony and will wrap up with the 20th annual Star City Holiday Parade starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 4. “Our Lasting Treasure” is the theme for this year’s parade, the largest of it’s kind in a five-state area. The parade and festival are presented by First National Bank and produced by the Updowntowners, Inc., the City of Lincoln and the Downtown Lincoln Association.

"The parade and festival are ‘lasting treasures’ in our community that draw 85,000 people to our beautiful downtown each year," said Mayor Seng. "This fun family event promises to provide memories that our spectators will treasure for years to come."

New parade features this year include:

  • A new animated Title Star Float sponsored by U.S. Cellular.
  • An updated look for parade mascot, Major Drummond.
  • A giant "Arthur" balloon from Nebraska ETV and the Downtown Optimist Club.
  • A Noah’s Ark Float from Back to the Bible.

Pre-parade entertainment begins at 10 a.m. along the parade route. Parade officials recommend coming downtown early and parking in one of the many downtown garages. Rides are free all day on all StarTran bus routes Saturday. Children are reminded to bring their letters to Santa to give to U.S. Postal workers during the parade. Make sure you include your return address, because Santa will write back to all his fans! Children will again serve as judges, deciding which entries win the trophies for best costumes, best unique vehicle, best float and children’s choice. The awards ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at The Cornhusker.

A list of festival events follows, and contacts are listed for those needing more information. Festival and parade information is also available at

Star City Holiday Festival Events

Lincoln Masonic Lodge #19 Pancake Breakfast
7 to 11:30 a.m., December 4, Masonic Temple, 1645 “L” Street
All-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes, with sausage and beverage for $4 per person.

Waffleman Parade Breakfast
8 to 11 a.m., December 4, Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street
Doug “The Waffleman” will cook up fresh Belgian waffles and sausage in the Church’s basement dining room. Advance tickets are $4 for children ages 8 and under and $5 for adults. For more information, call Karen at 477-6951.

Pete Penguin’s Holiday Picnic
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., December 4, ActivAge Downtown Center, 1005 “O” Street
All ages are invited to the ActivAge Downtown Center for a great day of family fun and food. Hot beverages and rolls begin at 8 a.m., the pancake feed ($5) starts at 9 a.m., and chili and hot dogs are available at 10 a.m. Santa will visit from 9 to 11 a.m. and the events includes many activities for kids.

Polar Bear Picnic
8:30 to 10:30 a.m., December 4, Embassy Suites Hotel ballroom, 1040 “P” Street
This tradition from the Aging Services Foster Grandparent Program offers parents and children an opportunity to warm up with a hot breakfast before the parade with all the added fun of visiting with Santa, face painting, games, prizes and entertainment. Admission is $3 for children ages 12 and under and $7.50 for adults. Proceeds help support the Foster Grandparent Program. No reservations needed!

Trinity Lutheran Church 7th Annual Craft Fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 4, 724 South 12th Street
Gifts, ornaments, holiday sweets, soup and more. For more information, call 474-0606.

Sheldon’s Super Sleuth
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 4, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, UNL
Bring along your detective skills to search for hidden treasure in the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery on December 4. The hunt will take about 30 minutes.

Holiday Cartoons and Hot Chocolate at the Ross
10 a.m., December 4, Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 313 North 13th Street
Watch classic holiday cartoons while sipping on delicious hot chocolate! Admission is free and the concession stand offers popcorn, coffee and other treats. For more information, call 472-5353 or visit

“A Christmas Card from Stage and Screen”
7:30 p.m., December 4, Kimball Recital Hall, UNL
The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and TADA Productions present “A Christmas Card from Stage and Screen,” with Tyler White conducting. Tickets are $26 to $40, and student tickets are half-price. For more information, call 476-2211 or visit

Winter Weekends
Noon to 4 p.m., December 4 and 5, Folsom Children’s Zoo, 27th and “B” streets
See Santa and his reindeer and Mrs. Claus, watch animal demonstrations, and participate in crafts!

The Santa Station at SouthPointe
Noon to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., Sundays, SouthPointe Pavilions center courtyard
The North Pole has gone south! Visit Santa in his magical Santa Station and enjoy free refreshments and fabulous photos! Presented in part by First National Bank.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
1 to 2 p.m., December 5, SouthPointe Pavilions Barnes & Noble
Please join us for an extra-special hour with an oh-so-special lady.

Downtown Holiday Home Tour
1 to 5 p.m., December 5
Spend a delightful winter afternoon exploring some of our special Star City treasures. See the transformation of historic buildings into elegant living spaces. Enjoy the music of carolers and warm yourself in the hospitality of downtown businesses offering unique shopping experiences and complimentary refreshments. Sponsored by the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) and its Downtown Retail Council. Advance tickets are $5 and are available at The Mill and the DLA office and by visiting Tickets are available the day of the event at Wells Fargo and Embassy Suites. For more information, call 434-6900 or visit the DLA Web site.

Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest
Through January 1, Downtown Lincoln businesses and merchants
You be the judge! Take a walk through the streets this holiday season and choose which downtown business has the best decorated window. Pick up a ballot at participating stores or at the DLA, 1200 “N” Street, Suite 101. You also can visit the DLA Web site at to cast your vote. For more information, call 434-6900. The contest is sponsored by the DLA and its Downtown Retail Council.

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