Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Burlington as part of the community’s 2019 Christmas parade. (file photo by Chad Hensiak)

City officials will collect donation for Waukesha parade victims

Burlington’s annual Christmas parade, “Frozen Fantasy Christmas,” will step off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the city’s downtown.

This year’s Christmas Tree Lighting in Wehmhoff Square Park will immediately follow the Christmas parade.

City of Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty will be on hand to do the lighting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Chalet in the park following the parade meeting listening to the wish lists of children.

Wehmhoff Square Park will also host carolers and offer hot chocolate, cookies and music for all to enjoy.

During the parade city officials will collect donations for a fund to benefit the families of victims of the Waukesha parade attack that left six people dead.

Following the parade the Plaza Theater will host a performance by the Burlington High School A Cappella Choir at 7:45 p.m. followed by a free showing of the holiday classic cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The free events will be followed by a discounted showing of Disney’s Encanto at 8:45 p.m. All tickets for the show are $5.

Officials to collect donations for Waukesha

The City of Burlington, according to Mayor Jeannie Hefty, will collect donations for the benefit of those killed or injured in the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy.

The city will also accept financial donations at City Hall, 300 N. Pine Street, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents are asked to write checks payable to the City of Burlington with “Waukesha” in the memo line.

The city plans on collecting donations through Dec. 15, according to Hefty, who encouraged small businesses to participate and bring proceeds to City Hall.

She said she plans on personally delivering a check with all proceeds to Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly on behalf of the Burlington community.

At Friday’s Christmas parade, meanwhile, Miller Motors has allowed the Common Council to use a jeep truck with a banner depicting a logo created by local artist Jennifer Miller.

“Typically, our elected officials throw candy to all the children,” Hefty said in a news release. “This year, we will be walking the parade route collecting donations from parade watchers should they wish.”

When Common Council members complete the parade, they will head to the Christmas tree at Wehmhoff Square Park, where Hefty plans on delivering a few words to the Waukesha community.

Hefty, like Schultz, encouraged the Burlington community to show support for Waukesha families affected by the tragedy.

“Once again, Burlington Community, please show your generosity, support, loyalty and solidarity to Waukesha and all of the families impacted on November 21, 2021,” Hefty wrote in a news release.