Mortonites enjoy Holidazzle 2010

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News
Morton children gather around the “Tree of Dreams” Friday night after the lighting ceremony during the Holidazzle Weekend. Hundreds of families crowded the streets to watch the 25-foot tree light up.

Morton hosted its annual Holidazzle Weekend Friday and Saturday.

The "Tree of Dreams" stood 25-feet tall and was lit a little after 7 p.m. Mortonites enjoyed a chili supper at the Morton Community United Church of Christ from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., visited with Santa at the Morton Community Bank Downtown and had chestnuts fresh off an open fire.

Saturday, the Morton Community Church of Christ opened at 9 a.m. with a Stop and Shop Christmas Open House, with many sales. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Morton Merchants held an open house in the shops at the Field Shopping Center, downtown, Johnson Florist and the Red Barn.

The Field Shopping Center also had an exotic petting zoo, where anyone could get their picture taken while holding a tiger cub for $10. They also hosted Santa and free cookie decorating. Children from Singsations in Morton also performed songs in the parking lot.

A trolley ran a loop around the village all day, making it convenient for the holiday shoppers.

A punch sheet was available to quality shoppers for a drawing and a coupon book was available.