Hundreds of people turned out in Bellevue a week ago Saturday for a multitude of Christmas Open House events, as the Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 25th annual “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas” event.

As well as a visit from Santa at the Bellevue Fire Department’s Chili Supper, the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Fireworks (as well as hot chocolate and cookies) along the Mississippi, which has been sponsored for the past 15 years by Lampe’s True Value Hardware, topped off the celebration in grand style. Here are some scenes from the weekend events.

All took place under warm and balmy weather conditions for late November. The temperature was over 40 degrees in the afternoon, and only dropping to around 33 after the sun went down.

Tour of Homes Dec. 1

Back this year by popular demand will be the Christmas Tour of Homes, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m., continuing Bellevue’s holiday gala into a second weekend.

Also on Dec. 1 is the Festival of Trees at the Off-Shore Event Centre from noon to 6 p.m. A ‘Soup Cook-Off’ will also take place from noon to 6 p.m.

Tour of Home tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Bellevue Chamber Office and both Bellevue banks. Homes on the tour include those of Curt and Lucy Zeimet, Susan Williams, Ray and Doris Theisen, Daryl and Cindy Parker and Brian and Pamm Kueter.