The 2020 Elkhorn Christmas Card Town card design was created by artist Tim Carson, who is shown delivering it to the Elkhorn Area Chamber office recently. Titled, “He’s Making a List and Checking it Twice,” Carson had a vision of Santa sitting quietly under a streetlight while he jotted down the names of Elkhorn children. Ten packs of individual cards are now available for purchase at the chamber along with a variety of past designs. (Submitted photo)

Plans for holiday season include tree lighting, Let It Glow and parade

By Kate Abbe


Tim Carson entered the Elkhorn Chamber office, and with a shrug and a smile, he unveiled the 2020 Christmas Card Town’s newest addition.

Titled, “He’s Making a List and Checking it Twice,” Carson had a vision of Santa sitting quietly under a street light while he jotted down the names of the Elkhorn children as they fell into the categories of Naughty vs. Nice.

With the same steady hand Carson used to paint each brush stroke, he gently removed each staple from the print as he carefully separated the artwork from the mounting upon which the newest Christmas card was created.

This will be the ninth year Carson has been commissioned by the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce to capture the sentiment of the holiday season here in Elkhorn.

For area Christmas Card Town enthusiasts or first-time buyers, 10 packs and individual cards of the 2020 Christmas Card will be available for purchase at the Elkhorn Chamber starting Friday, Nov. 13.

In addition to highlighting the newest Christmas Card, the Elkhorn Chamber has 20-plus years of Christmas Card inventory on display. Shoppers are invited to assemble their own variety packs and create unique holiday gifts for Elkhorn natives and distant recipients alike.

While Santa prepares for his upcoming Christmas Eve deliveries, the Elkhorn Chamber has personally invited him to participate in the 39th Annual Tree Lighting to be held downtown Elkhorn on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Santa and a special community helper will arrive by horse drawn carriage and ignite the holiday spirit with the lighting of Elkhorn’s downtown Christmas tree.

Santa will then join members of the greater community at the inaugural Let It Glow event, which will be held at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. Let It Glow will be a 1/2-mile drive-thru festival of lights and displays with a final stop at Santa’s North Pole Express. Children of all ages will be able to see Santa, wave hello and have their wish lists hand delivered by Santa’s illuminated elves.

The festivities spill over to Saturday, Dec. 5, where people will gather downtown for the 39th Annual Christmas Card Town Parade. The parade will commence at 1:30 p.m., leaving from the Walworth County Fairgrounds. With over 10 city blocks included in the parade route, there will be plenty of street space for community members and guests to social distance and enjoy the passing entertainment.

While so many things have changed over the course of 2020, the Elkhorn Chamber is proud to honor local holiday traditions in a safe and respectable manner.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and community supporters for continued participation and encouragement.

We know now more than ever, the best way to do anything is together!

Kate Abbe handles partner engagement and marketing for the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.


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