“Making the Future Bright” Theme for 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy

Christmas Fantasy is this weekend ... The Christmas Fantasy returns this weekend for the first time in three years. Pictured above and below are views from previous years of the Christmas Fantasy. The 2022 Fantasy, entitled “Making the Future Bright,” will be magically displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion November 11-14, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 31st annual event. Again this year, many Christmas gift options, as seen above, will be available on the silent auction, making it a great Christmas shopping opportunity. Submitted photos.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2022 will return this year for the first time in three years, bringing back all of the events. The event will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 11, 12, 13 and 14, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Making the Future Bright.”

2022 Fantasy Schedule of Events:

“Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour
This event is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers. Many tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. Friday night, November 11. Tickets include the food and two drink tickets. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and all local banks. This year, the event will be catered by “Smokin’ Monkey BBQ” (Jeff Monk), Rhonda Stock and Jan Baumler of Tastefully Simple, as well as many Health Care Foundation members.

Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event
Saturday evening, November 12, will host a special wine, cheese and dessert event sponsored by Eagle’s Landing Winery of Marquette, the Empty Nest Winery of Waukon and Madigan Winery of Lansing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for this event as seats are limited. Be sure to call 563-568-1046 to make a reservation. The cost for each ticket includes refreshments, meat and cheese buffet, dessert, viewing of the decorations, and entertainment.

Fantasy Luncheons
Two special Christmas Fantasy Luncheons sponsored by the Allamakee Cattlemen’s Association will be offered Saturday, November 12 and Monday, November 14. Be sure to call 563-568-6262 to make a reservation for either of the luncheons. Both of the Fantasy luncheons will be catered by BE Catered, Jim and Charlene Baxter.

Silent Auction
Each year there are more and more unique shopping opportunities on silent auction at the Fantasy. These are all available for purchase throughout the weekend through a silent auction with the highest bidder winning the purchase of the item when the auction ends at 7 p.m. Monday evening, November 14. Until that closing time, bidders can return, free of charge to the Fantasy and raise their bid.   All silent auction items are decorated and donated to the Foundation.

Visits and Photos with Santa Claus
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, November 13, children will be given a special chance to see the Fantasy, plus have a visit with Santa Claus himself. Story telling by Sue Kiesau will add to the excitement. Katie Hennessey will be on hand for a holiday Christmas card/picture opportunity for children with Santa Claus. These photos will be available for purchase.

General Viewing
The Christmas Fantasy 2022 event will be open to the public Saturday, November 12, from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. sponsored by Thrivent Financial, and Monday, November 14, from 2-7 p.m., offering entertainment from area choirs and artists. Complimentary Christmas treats and cider will be available during all these public showings.

The 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy is planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Rose Beardmore, Sue Blagsvedt, Mitch Duncklee, Patty Goltz, Kevin Hanson, Dan Headington, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Jay Mathis, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Kim Sylvester, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, assisted by Karen and Bob Swenson, Julie Thompson, Vicki Bloxham and Pat Pettingill.