Of course, Santa will be on hand as he always stops at First Trust & Savings Bank, where the kids can have their picture taken with Santa and get some treats.
The Marcus Community Center is once again hosting the Festival of Trees. Most organizations, churches and other groups decorate a tree to send a message. Last year there were nearly 40 trees to see and each one is unique. The Tree Festival runs three days beginning Dec. 12-14th. On Friday evening, Farmers State Bank will be serving cheese and crackers. Kids may register for the bicycle to be given away.
Kids have grown used to having the "Kid's Shopping Mall" which will be at the MEDCO Building. Kids can receive help with their choice and have it wrapped. The Jaycees' Reindeer chip Bingo has been sold out already, but folks will enjoy seeing sheep with antlers fenced in and see the winning chip.
Once again, one can take a horse-drawn wagon ride pulled by some of the finest horses around. The Saddle Club is also sponsoring a Western Art raffle. The Methodist Church will have a live nativity scene across from the fire station from 5-8 p.m. It 's an excellent reminder of what Christmas is all about.
The Marcus Fire Department will sponsor their annual chili and soup feed at the fire station along with a wonderful bake sale. It is at the Fire Station at 7 p.m. that winners will be announced for the art raffle plus the lighting contest winners and of course, find out who will win the Christmas Treasure Chest.
For those of you who would like to get in on the Christmas Treasure Chest, beginning this week, there will be clues each week pointing to where 10 keys will be hidden on public property in Marcus. One of those keys will open the chest. New clues will be hung each day at Marcus Chamber Merchants. Be sure to check each day. If you find a key, keep it until Friday, Dec. 14 and bring it to the fire station to try your luck. The lucky winner will have $250 Marcus bucks to spend. The chest is sponsored by the Marcus Chamber and Farmers State Bank.