Waterloo’s Christmas on the Square

Be sure to save the dates and JOIN us for a wonderful Waterloo Tradition!

Saturday & Sunday, November 28-29 (Thanksgiving Weekend)


10 am – Shops are open until 4pm – Visit the 13 participating merchants’ stores, have your shopping card stamped at each shop, and be entered into a contest to win! $1,000 in gift certificates will be awarded! (Pick up your shopping card at one of the participating merchants).

  • Barking Boutique Pet Salon – 217 Westview Plaza Dr.
  • Bountiful Blossoms Floral & Gifts – 121 S. Main St.
  • The Clothes Line Boutique – 100 S. Market St.
  • Diehl’s Floral & Gifts – 726 Rogers St.
  • Helping Hands Thrift Store – 695 N. Moore St.
  • JSR Jewelry – 201 N. Main St.
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics – 742 N. Market St.
  • Mill Street Treasures – 125 W. Mill St.
  • Nice Twice Resale Shop – 518 Park St.
  • Patty & Gary’s Home Decor – 101 W. 4th St.
  • Peterstown House – 275 N. Main St.
  • Philomena + Ruth – 118 W. Mill St.
  • Small Town Style Boutique – 211 Bradford Lane

NoonSanta Arrives by Carriage! Come and tell Santa what you want for Christmas at the Santa Hut by the Courthouse Band Stand! Children of all ages are welcome ’til 4pm. Bring your camera to capture a photo. FREE!

Noon – 4pmEnjoy Free Carriage rides – Courthouse bandstand

Noon – 4pmKettle Corn and Beverages available for purchase

5:30 pmGLOW Holiday Lighted Parade

After ParadeChili Supper at SPPCS Gym – Special visit by Santa and parade contest winners will be announced.



11 am – 4pm – Shops open!

11 am – 4pm – Visit City Hall – Enjoy coffee and peanut cake.

  • Bicentennial Items for Sale (1st Floor)
  • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (2nd Floor) – Home-made cookies and candy for sale


Noon – 3pmVote for your favorite decorated lamppost! Voting ballots available at the bandstand. Winners announced at 3:30 pm.

Noon – 4pm – Visit the Santa Hut

Noon – 4pm – Free Carriage Rides

Noon – 4pm – Kettle Corn and Beverages available for purchase

1 pm – Waterloo Municipal Band Concert at the Bandstand

3:30 pm – Lamppost & Christmas Walk winners announced at the Bandstand

6:30 pm – Hometown Harmony Christmas Concert at Hope Christian Church, located at 9273 Coach Stop Rd.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

  • Waterloo Merchant Group
  • City of Waterloo
  • Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
  • GLOW

Kris Kringle Sponsors:

  • First National Bank of Waterloo
  • Harrisonville Telephone Company
  • Scott Credit Union
  • State Bank of Waterloo

Santa’s Little Helper Sponsors:

  • Century 21 – Amy Hank
  • Republic-Times
  • Wal-Mart
  • Weir Chevy Buick GMC
  • Wightman’s Pharmacy

34th Annual Porta Westfalica Festival Set for June 17

Sister Cities of Portaloo, the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and Waterloo Lions are busy making plans for the 34th annual Porta Westfalica festival, scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th at the Monroe County Courthouse grounds in downtown Waterloo. Bill Getchman, President of Sister Cities – Portaloo, is this year’s Grand Marshall.

The festivities begin at 4pm with inflatables for the children, booths, music, great food, and domestic and German beer and wine.

The parade begins at 6 pm, beginning at Gibault Catholic High School on Columbia Avenue, traveling East to Main Street, turning South and traveling to the corner of Main and 3rd Street.

Musical Entertainment includes the New Hanover Deutchmeisters, 4 – 6 p.m. on the Courthouse grounds, the Bud Light Brigade (following the parade until 7:30 p.m.) at the bandstand, the Waterloo Municipal Band, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the bandstand, and the Waterloo German Band, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., on Main Street in front of Subliminal.

Sign-ups begin at 8:15 p.m. for the Strong Arm contest, which will be held at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Waterloo German Band float. There will be a men’s and a women’s contest. Cost to participate is $5. The winner will receive a $25 Chamber of Commerce gift certificate and bragging rights!

Enjoy great food, including BBQ Pork Steaks and brats, Ribeyes, Potato Pancakes with applesauce, Funnel Cakes, pretzels, and SO MUCH MORE!!

Sample an assortment of wine and beer in the beautiful wine and beer garden. Both domestic and German varieties are available. Last call is 10 p.m.

Children will enjoy a large variety of inflatable rides and games, set up on Mill Street.  Ride armbands are available for advance purchase at the area banks and Schnucks for $12. Armbands provide unlimited access to the inflatables for the entire evening, and will also be available for purchase for $15 on the evening of the festival. Individual ride tickets are $3 each.

The Porta Westfalica festival is a wonderful Waterloo tradition, established in 1980. Bring your lawn chairs and join us!



2014 Monroe County Parades

Monroe County, IL offers 7 parades each year for your viewing enjoyment! Below is all of the parade information, including the point of contact for each parade. Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 17 – 6 pm – Porta Westfalica Parade & Festival (Jared Nobbe (618) 939-6717 ext. 1210 or jnobbe@wmnobbe.com)

Saturday, Aug 23 – 4 or 5 pm (past parade was at 5pm, they are considering an earlier start this year) – Waterloo Homecoming Parade (Brett Wiegand (618) 567-4804)

Saturday, Nov 29 – 5:30 pm – GLOW Holiday (lighted) Parade (www.waterlooglow.com)


Saturday, June 21  – 6 pm – Homecoming Parade (Ed Wienhoff (618) 281-8000 or Julie Whitlock (618) 340-1616


Sunday, July 6 – 1pm – Mid-Summer Classic Parade (Scott Roever (618) 935-2111)


Saturday, August 16, 5pm – Columbia Daze Parade (Paul Khoury (618) 281-7133)

Saturday, December 6, 5 pm – Bright Night Christmas Parade (618) 281-7144 ext. 106