Hometown Christmas is Saturday in downtown Lincoln

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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What:  Hometown Christmas vendor faire

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Where:  Lincoln Boulevard between McBean Park Drive and 5th Street

Info: 645-2035 or DLA@

It will be like Christmas this Saturday in Lincoln with the annual Hometown Christmas event from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Downtown Lincoln Association, Hometown Christmas will include a merchant open house and vendor fair from 3 to 7 p.m., a 4:30 p.m. parade and a 6 p.m. holiday tree lighting with Santa in Beermann Plaza.

“We’re happy to say we have fun snacks like cotton candy and kettle corn (at the event),” said Pam Lopez, a Downtown Lincoln Association member.

And it’s also a good time to do some holiday shopping.

 “We have jewelry, homemade candy, crafts, woodworker vendors, just a little bit of everything for everyone,” said event co-chairwoman Sheri Dornbush.

The crowds at the annual Hometown Christmas parade are more than 5,000 residents and visitors, according to Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce representatives. The parade starts at 6th and A streets, continues on 5th Street and ends at 6th and F streets.

Right after the parade, the holiday tree lighting at Beermann Plaza (5th and F streets) begins. Entertainment will be by the Foskett Ranch Elementary School Choir, Expessions Academy of Dance, Lincoln High Choir, and Anthem Kids from Talent This students

For more information, call the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce at 645-2035.



Bianca Karras to be at merchant open house and vendor fair

Bianca Karras is a Lincoln native and Lincoln High School Class of 1987 graduate. This Saturday, Karras, owner of Sweet Zelda cotton candy, will bring her sweet confection to the Hometown Christmas open house and vendor fair.

 “Sweet Zelda is a family-run business,” Karras said. “Everyone helps out. My mom is my right hand. My dad and my husband do the upkeep of the cart and truck and the kids help when they have time from their busy schedules.”

Karras started the kiosk business in 2013. She offers 14 flavors of cotton candy for $3 each or two bags for $5. Two flavors will be available during the Hometown Christmas event.

Karras’s cotton candy is “unique” because she makes her sugar from scratch and spins it in the kiosk on site at events.

“The texture is much finer than regular carnival cotton candy,” Karras said. “I would call it gourmet.”

Cotton candy is made by heating and liquefying sugar and then spinning it through holes, where it re-solidifies in thin strands of “sugar glass,” Karras said. The final cotton candy product contains mostly air, typically amounting to a one-ounce serving size.

“My cotton candy is so popular because it’s so light and the texture is very fine,” Karras said. “Also, you can’t find fresher cotton candy anywhere. I actually have people search me out at events just to get their ‘sweet fix.’”

Her kiosk will also sell hot chocolate “with all the fixings.”

“I’m very excited to be (in Lincoln) this year. I’m a Lincoln girl, lived there my entire childhood,” Karras said. “I’m looking forward to seeing old childhood friends.”