The Downtown District Committee is preparing for Polar X-Press—which will run each Saturday in December through Dec. 23.

The Downtown District Committee is hard at work on a new Christmas season event for Sleepy Eye—Polar X-Press—which will run each Saturday in December through Dec. 23.

Visitors to downtown Sleepy Eye will find holiday fun inside and outside from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, beginning Dec. 2.

The committee has created an Elves Workshop at 135 Main West, where elves will make and paint toys, and do crafts for children. The kids can also shop for gifts at the Elves Workshop.

Just down the street, at 229 Main West, the shop is filled with an Avenue of Trees, sponsored and decorated by Sleepy Eye businesses, organizations and churches. The location will also feature a variety of vendors.

An especially creative offering is a Polar Princess salon in the same location. Little girls can schedule a princess makeover—dresses, crowns and scepters provided. There is a fee for this as a professional hair stylist will be on hand to “style” the princesses.

Stroll Main Street and enjoy the hot chocolate bar, visit with the Elf Princess, and see carolers strolling as Santa welcomes children of all ages at Twice as Nice on the Prairie.

How to end a Saturday at Polar X-Press? Drive out to Sportsmen’s Park to see Sleepy Eye’s spectacular Holiday Lights in Motion.

Kathy Krenz, one of the Polar X-Press organizers, said there will be a special event on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 2, when they pause activities at 6 p.m. and ask all visitors to gather at Veteran’s Memorial Park for a tree lighting ceremony. “We will feature the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard, St. Mary's Caecilian Choir, Mayor Wayne Pelzel, Miss Sleepy Eye Courtney Engholm and Nichole Krenz as Master of Ceremonies,” said Krenz.

To make an appointment at the Polar Princess salon, contact Krenz at her store, Twice as Nice on the Prairie in the Krenz Real Estate building.

Downtown Sleepy Eye will come alive for the Christmas season with the Polar X-Press.