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Holiday spirit fills the area
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MONROE - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.Stores are filled with toys, Christmas songs are on the radio and people soon will begin their search for the perfect Christmas tree.Today kicks off the busy and event-filled four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.A plethora of community events are scheduled over the next few weeks.The Monroe Times has created a list of activities for people who find some extra time between shopping, cooking and wrapping presents.• Today and Saturday - Christkindlmarkt (Old World Holiday Market) at Turner Hall.• Today - Lighting the community Christmas tree, 6:30 p.m. in New Glarus.• Today - Santa Parade, 6 p.m. on Monroe's Square.• Saturday - Shop for a Cure, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Monroe Middle School.• Dec. 4 - Candle Tree Lighting and Gingerbread House contest, 7 p.m. at Turner Hall of Monroe.• Dec. 5 - Festival of Trees, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner and charity auction at Peppercorn Banquets, 1417 Mansion Drive, Monroe.• Dec. 5 - St. Nicholas Day and cookie sale in New Glarus.• Dec. 6 - Christmas Communion Service conducted in German with English translation at 2 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, 17247 14th St., Monroe.• Dec. 11 and 12 - Christmas Walk, downtown Brodhead.• Dec. 24 - Annual Christmas Luminary at Montesian Gardens in Monticello.In addition to the above events, the Monroe Theatre Guild will present "A Christmas Carol." Based on the Charles Dickens story, the play was adapted for MTG by the Rev. Michael Klarer.

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