OSKALOOSA -- Oskaloosa Main Street and the Mahaska Chamber are making changes to planned holiday events in accordance with the Gov. Kim Reynolds' Proclamation.

Both organizations are working with Mahaska County Public Health and Emergency Services to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Turn on the Lights!

Saturday, Nov. 21

Painting with Lights will turn on at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 21, but there will be no in-person event to mark the occasion. People are welcome to park around the square and watch from their vehicles as the lights turn on, or watch the livestream on Oskaloosa Main Street’s Facebook page. After Saturday, the lights will be on from 4:30-11:00 p.m. every night through Jan. 10, 2021.

Young Ambassadors Contest

Monday, Nov. 30

The Young Ambassadors Contest announcement will occur virtually with a small ceremony for the two winners, their parents and limited staff and media. There will be less than 15 people, all physically distanced and wearing masks. The announcement will be livestreamed on the Oskaloosa Main Street Facebook page, Osky News Facebook page and broadcast on MCG Channel 7.

Merry Little Downtown Christmas

Friday, Dec. 4

The Merry Little Downtown Christmas event planned for Friday, Dec. 4 has been cancelled as it would have been an outdoor event of more than 30 people.

Reverse Lighted Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 5

The Reverse Lighted Christmas Parade will go on as a Downtown Lighted Christmas Display. From 6-8 p.m., spectators may drive through the display to view floats and entries against the dazzling backdrop of Painting with Lights. Spectators must remain in their vehicles and are strongly encouraged to ride with only members of their own household. There will be no food vendors, no handing out of candy or other items and no gathering. Floats are limited to two people at any time, physically distanced and masked. Follow Oskaloosa Main Street on Facebook as details about the Downtown Lighted Christmas Display and a driving route map will be posted soon.

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