Stevens Point Kicks off holiday season
City offers free bus rides for local shopping
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Locals gathered in the square, and the comfort of their homes, to watch the warming glow of Christmas lights flood the downtown streets during an online tree lighting ceremony.
The ceremony, hosted by the city, took place on Nov. 20.
“Normally, we would be in the middle of our downtown holiday parade that’s put on by our downtown businesses, but because of the pandemic we are in and no apparent end in sight, they have decided to cancel that holiday parade,” Wiza said. “But, we wanted to make sure we did something to recognize the start of the holiday season.”
Santa and his wife also made an appearance. Mrs. Claus addressed area youth, “Santa and I are really sad we can’t see you in person at the holiday parade this year, but we hope you have a Merry Christmas, stay safe, and wear your masks.”
Wiza encouraged the community to shop local this holiday season and support area businesses. Downtown shops have extended their Shop Local deals to run a full week starting on Nov. 21.
To help the public shop locally, the city is offering free rides through the Central Transportation bus system every Friday, Nov. 27 – Dec. 25. To learn more about the free rides, call 715-341-4490.
For a video of the tree lighting, visit https://www.facebook.com/stevenspointwi/videos/209840427276090.