On Dec. 7, 2013, the 12th annual Christmas Under the Clock will be held at Main (Route 161) and Chillicothe streets in Plain City. The event is free and begins at 5 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony and closes at 9 p.m. with a prize drawing at the Plain City Historical Society, 111 W. Main St.
The grand prize of a VISA gift card is back times two; that’s right, there are two $250 gift cards up for grabs. For a chance to win, visitors must complete prize drawing tickets at participating open house locations. The more open houses a person visits, the more chances they have to win. Winners need not be present to collect their prize. Visitors can earn extra chances by bringing non-perishable food items or toiletries to the Plain City Food Pantry, 156 W. Main St.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place at the clock tower at Main and Chillicothe streets and feature carolers, choirs, baton twirlers, the Jonathan Alder band and Santa. Before the tree is lit by tree lighting ambassadors, winners of the coloring contest, winners of the Christmas Under the Clock decorating contest will be announced.
After the ceremony, visitors can visit Plain City Auction to bid on holiday decorations, gift items and gift baskets. These items, some one-of-a-kind, are donated by Plain City businesses and organizations. Proceeds benefit the Plain City Food Pantry and Uptown Plain City Organization.
Business and organization open houses also will start immediately after the tree lighting. Many will offer hot drinks and refreshments, as well as a chance to enter the prize drawing.
Wagons will be available to transport visitors to Yoder’s True Value Hardware where Santa will pose for pictures. From there, visitors can stop by open houses at businesses on Jefferson Avenue where many hold additional prize drawings. Park uptown to catch a wagon or shuttle.
New this year is a crafting showcase. Held at Daily Needs Assistance at 340 W. Main St. in the old elementary building, crafters and direct sales vendors will offer items for holiday shopping.
Plain City Library will hold a book and novelty sale with live music filling the air. Church groups and organizations gather at Bicentennial Park and Lovejoy Plaza on Main Street to hand out food and drink and entertain with music.
As always, there is more in the works, so be prepared for surprises. Don’t forget to check out the ice sculpting at the plaza, where children can have their names carved in ice by Rock On Ice.
Christmas Under the Clcok is presented by the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) and the village of Plain City. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Plain City Food Pantry and to UPCO, a 501(c)3 organization, to continue its charitable efforts to preserve and revitalize the historic business district in uptown Plain City.
Sponsor partners include Plain City Library, Main Street Treasures, Darby Grace Church, Plain City Druggist, Lovejoy’s Market IGA, Edgewater Place Assisted Living, Smucker Companies, E&R Tires Plus, Yoder’s True Value Hardware, QT1270 Radio, Security National Bank, Plain City Historical Society, Rummell-Brill Insurance, Plain City Auction, Richwood Banking Co., Pleasant Valley Veterinary Hospital, ASE Feed & Supply, Foust Plumbing & Heating, Der Dutchman, Carlisle Gifts, Miller’s Furniture, Pathways Financial Credit Union, Designetwork and C Side Creative.