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Celebrate the holidays Saturday in Holdrege with 5K, gingerbread houses, parade and more

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The Screen Machine in downtown Holdrege had a festive light display during the 2021 Winter Festival.

A Christmas lover has transformed her home into a giant gingerbread house. Carmen Croxall, 34, spent two weeks decorating the front of her rented home in Exeter, Devon. And she says the end result is "next level," having decorated the property several times in the last 18 months. The latest design is complete with biscuit window frames, candy canes and gingerbread men. And Carmen, who runs a props business, says around 70% of the house is made from recycled materials. The fake brickwork is made from water-resistant MDF and the chocolates are old milk cartons covered in cellophane. Her lollipop sticks are made from wooden dowel offcuts and an old drainage pipe, and the pink icing is fabric leftover from a previous project and ball pit balls. Carmen, owner of the Prop Factory, finished the house over the weekend. And although the wet weather has proved to be a big test to how durable her decorations are, she believes the gingerbread house this year is her best project yet.

HOLDREGE — Holdrege will celebrate the holiday season Saturday with the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Festival.

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The day of holiday festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with the United Methodist Church cookie walk and the Lion’s Club Pancake Feed from 9-11:30 a.m. at the City Auditorium. Runners can brave the cold temperatures with the Don Sjogren Community YMCA’s Santa’s Sleigh 5K beginning at 10 a.m. at the City Auditorium.

Children and families can enjoy outdoor activities at the Winter Playland at the Phelps County Courthouse. Activities will include a sledding hill, snowman makers’ space and Holiday Dazzle Walking Tour. Holdrege Area Chamber Ambassadors will be providing firetruck rides with Santa Claus from 2-4 p.m. at the Holdrege Sun Theater.

Attendants can warm up at the YMCA with gingerbread house decorating from 5-6:30 p.m. and pictures with Santa from 5-6 p.m. The Light Up the Y lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m.

The Reindeer Dash featuring business open houses will take place from 6-10 p.m. and will give shoppers the opportunity to watch the Holdrege for the Holidays Parade of Lights at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Holdrege.

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