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Iron County museum details annual Christmas Tree Galleria

CASPIAN — The 32nd annual Christmas Tree Galleria will take place today through Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian.

The galleria will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s event will feature the return of beloved programs such as “Family Night” and “Santa Lucia,” as well as introduce new entertainment with a Cultural Christmas Concert to fit this year’s theme of “Christmas Around the World.”

“The Galleria is the museum’s most important fundraiser,” said Erika Sauter, museum director, “But part of our goal is also to offer free family fun, support for our local businesses and provide a historical perspective on Christmas traditions from around the world.”

Daily offerings throughout the galleria will include a display of more than 30 trees decorated by local businesses and groups, a gift basket raffle, and complimentary treats. Tickets for the basket raffle can be purchased in person or online. The drawing will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Bernhardt Cultural Center of the museum.

Special programs to be offered this year include a Small Business Saturday event featuring onsite vendors and a list of deals and discounts being offered by local businesses from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Family Night with visits with Santa Claus and free crafts for kids from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday; a cribbage tournament with a $6 buy-in at 6 p.m. Thursday; Cultural Christmas Concert featuring a variety of music from local musicians at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3; and Santa Lucia Program with Swedish music and treats at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The culmination of the event will be a Community Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, followed by the basket raffle drawing at noon Sunday, Dec. 5. Community members who will be recognized this year are Deborah Davis for her dedication and work the Iron County Museum; Alisa Nelson for her cultural and creative contributions to Iron County; Dave McCord for his dedication to programs for Iron County youth; and Maureen Elson for her efforts in environmental protection and conservation.

There will also be a dedication of a custom bench that will be placed in memory of Larry Mellstrom, who passed away in 2019.

“We’re so grateful to all the businesses, non-profits, and individuals who have helped to make this event possible and we hope our community will come out to enjoy it,” Sauter said.

For more details on the event and to purchase gift basket raffle tickets, go to ironcountymuseum.org/galleria, the museum’s Facebook page, email erika@ironcountymuseum.org or call 906-265-2617.

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