Hancock to host Christmas walk

Bennett Bonini, 7, of South Range, gives Santa Claus his Christmas list at last year’s Christmas Walk in Hancock. The annual event, put on by the Hancock Business Association, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo)

HANCOCK — A tradition of more than 50 years will continue next week as Hancock holds its annual Christmas Walk.

This year’s celebration takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Hancock Business Association puts on the walk, which this year has the theme of “Miracle on Quincy Street.”

“The DPW has been doing a lot of work decorating the city, and Quincy Street looks just amazing,” said Todd Gast, community development coordinator for Hancock. “It’s actually looking magical. It’s looking a lot like what your Currier & Ives holidays would look like. All we need is a little bit of snow.”

It will begin with a parade down Quincy Street, culminating with Santa Claus waving to the crowd from a Hancock Fire Department truck. Santa will disembark to lead the tree-lighting ceremony in Veterans Park. After the tree lighting, families will be able to visit with Santa by the tree.

Other events include hay rides down Quincy Street and cookie decorating at the Copper Country Community Arts Center. Also livening up the night will be hot chocolate stands, fire barrels, a food truck and craft stations.

Adding to the fun will be the Clown Band, which will begin playing during the parade and then continue performing up and down Quincy Street.

The street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“This is for the City of Hancock to have a safe family fun event,” Gast said.

The Hancock Police Department will also hold a “Cram the Cruiser” event, in which people can donate to the Toys for Tots drive.

“If you bring a new unwrapped toy, we’re going to cram it in the cruiser, and you can get a photograph with one of our police officers,” Gast said.

Friday will also see the launch of the city’s Reindeer Scavenger Hunt. Families can visit 11 local businesses to find each of Santa’s reindeer. Once the person spots it, the business will mark the sheet by placing a sticker of a specific color on the nose of one of the reindeer. Participating businesses are the Flower Shop, Sunflower Books & Coffee, Copper Country Community Arts Center, Ilo Art Shop, KC Bonker’s, St. Vincent de Paul, Gino’s Restaurant, Northwoods, Magic Kiln, Nisu Bakery & Cafe and Retro Rental & Repair.

People who find all 11 reindeer can submit their sheets to City Hall by Dec. 20 to be entered in a drawing for a grand prize. The winner will be announced on the City of Hancock’s Facebook page on Dec. 21.


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