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Each year around the holidays, Santa's House is brought to the southeast corner of the Downtown Iola Square so that Santa may come and visit with the area children before Christmas! 

Iola Downtown Square - 109 E. Madison, Iola, KS 66749

This year, Santa will be visiting the Iola Square in both his Santa House and his special Winter Wonderland Snow Globe. Cookies and hot chocolate will be handed out to visitors by local businesses, and Santa's personal mailbox will be available for kids to drop off their wish lists. 

In 2020, the pandemic forced the Iola Area Chamber to keep the doors to the Santa House locked due to the house being a small, confined space and posing a high risk for COVID-19. BUT we at the Chamber are a creative bunch that is proud of our adaptability, and we were determined to find a solution for kids to be able to still meet Santa on the Square. For Christmas 2020 Santa met kids from inside of his NEW, special COVID-19-safe Winter Wonderland Snow Globe on the downtown square! Kids talked with Santa through the globe's protective plastic barrier, got pictures beside his snow globe, and brought letters to Santa to deliver to his personal mailbox. 

This year, kids and families will have the option to enjoy Santa in either his Santa House or Snow Globe -  or BOTH! On the Opening Night, Santa will arrive on his personal firetruck.. 


For this year's schedule of events, please see below:

Saturday, December 3 - 4:-7:pm (Santa House)

Tuesday, December 6 - 5-7 pm (Santa House)

Thursday, December 8 - 5-7pm (Santa House)

Saturday, December 10 - 10-12pm (Santa House)


Celebrate the holiday season with the Annual Downtown Iola Christmas Block Party!

Christmas is just around the corner. Are you dreading the crowded malls? Never fear, the Iola Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is ready for you to make this year’s retail experience enjoyable for you. Mark your calendar for Friday, December 2'nd, from 4-7 for our annual Block Party.

The downtown merchants keep their businesses open late during this one special evening. Community members have the opportunity the stroll the downtown and enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations while shopping the unique downtown stores for last-minute gifts. The Chamber hosts the Walk the Block Punch Card Drawing for a chance for community members to win 1 OF 3 of gift cards and gift items.

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