City of Middleton’s tree lighting, winter activities go virtual

MIDDLETON — Pandemic or no, the tree lighting will go on!

The City of Middleton is hosting a day of virtual activities culminating in the annual tree lighting – and all are invited to the show.

Beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, there will be virtual activities available via a Zoom link and the Middleton recreation Facebook page, some requiring pre-registration. The annual tree lighting and a special message from Santa will be broadcast over Facebook Live and YouTube around 5 p.m.

“In order to make the Downtown Tree Lighting event inclusive to the entire community, the Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry department, along with the Middleton Public Library staff, have put together a virtual event to provide a free event for the community,” said Gregory Lamping, recreation supervisor.

The virtual day includes arts and crafts, cookies, dance, Bingo, Name that Tune trivia, and the city tree lighting. Santa will also make a very special pre-recorded virtual appearance.

For everyone’s safety concerning the pandemic, everything will be virtual and people are strongly advised not to come downtown to view the lighting in person.

“We cannot have crowds of more than 25 outdoors so we are asking all to stay home and enjoy the fun from the comfort of their homes,” Lamping said. “In order to ensure Santa stays healthy, we are pre-recording his message so he will not be downtown.”

Here’s the schedule:

2 p.m.: Kids’ cookie baking/decorating (recipe available on social media week of event, ingredients not provided)

2:30 p.m.: Crafting (See below for activity kits)

3 p.m.: Bingo (requires pre-registration via website*)

3:30 p.m.: Storytelling

4 p.m.: Name that Tune trivia (requires pre-registration via website*)

4:45 p.m.: Dance workshop and performance

5 p.m.: Santa Claus gives a special message, immediately followed by the City Tree Lighting

How to pre-register:*

Go to the City of Middleton Public Lands, Rec, & Forestry homepage to pre-register for Bingo and Name that Tune.

How to pick up activity bags:

Supplies for Bingo, crafting (reindeer ornaments) and hot cocoa will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 21, at Lakeview Park & Orchid Heights Park for drive-through pickup. Celebrate Winter Craft kits will be available at the Middleton Public Library from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. Supplies are available for one per child while supplies last.

How to watch:

The day’s events will be live-streamed on Facebook 

And posted to YouTube