(Posted Nov. 21, 2019)
Here’s the run-down on Christmas celebration planned in London, Plain City, Mount Sterling, and West Jefferson.
The Downtown London Association will present London’s Olde Fashioned Christmas on and around Main Street on Dec. 2. A pet parade kicks off the fun at 4:30 p.m.; a traditional parade with Santa as the star is set for 5:30 p.m. New this year is a community tree lighting. Business open houses, carriage rides, live entertainment, and live reindeer are all part of the festivities.
South Charleston–Dec. 4
Downtown South Charleston will be hopping with holiday cheer from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Among the many highlights are food trucks, a bonfire, a raffle with a $500 cash grand prize, vendors and crafters, tasty treats and children’s activities at several businesses and churches, a parade, Santa, and a wreath and poinsettia sale. Children can get special passports stamped at participating businesses for a chance to win $50 in cash (one prize each for a boy and a girl).
Plain City–Dec. 7
The Uptown Plain City Organization will host the 18th Annual Christmas Under the Clock from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. A tree lighting at Main and Chillicothe streets kicks off the evening. Also planned are craft vendors, wagon rides, photos with Santa, live music, ice sculpting demonstrations, children’s crafts, prize raffles and more. Many of the area businesses, including those along Jefferson Avenue, are planning open houses, giveaways and raffles. For details, visit www.uptownplaincity.com.
Mount Sterling–Dec. 7
The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce and Mount Sterling Community Center will present Christmas festivities on Dec. 7.
The Community Center, 164 E. Main St., will hold its annual “Christmas in the Village” from 2 to 4 p.m. Festivities include a visit from the “Christmas Mouse,” music by the First United Methodist Church hand bell choir, a children’s book giveaway, refreshments, a quilt silent auction and quilted items sale, and a Christmases Past display by the Mount Sterling Community Museum. Visitors are invited to make Christmas greeting cards for veterans at the VA Hospital in Chillicothe.
The center is hosting a gingerbread house contest and a small-tree decorating contest. Entries for both must be delivered to the center by 5 p.m. Dec. 6. The houses will be on display Dec. 7. For more information, call (740) 869-2453 or email email@example.com.
The Chamber’s activities will run from 4:30 to 8 p.m. around downtown Mount Sterling. Features include a Christmas tree lot, vendors on the town hall lawn, an illuminated parade, Santa, food trucks, live music, a Shop Hop with a grand prize of a gift basket valued at $100, and even live alpacas (weather permitting).
The Chamber is hosting several contests. Find out whose chili and baking talents reign supreme. The public also is invited to enter themselves in a “gaudy Christmas get-up” contest or their pets in an ugly sweater contest.
To participate in the parade or contests or for general information about the Chamber’s activities, contact Barbie Wallace at (614) 832-0796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Jefferson–Dec. 13-15
West Jefferson’s 24th Annual Christmas in the Park is set for Dec. 13-15 at Garrette Park. Santa will flip the switch on the park’s 400,000 lights at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The weekend includes carriage rides, live music, a lighted parade, visits with Santa, a toy giveaway, food and more.
Hours are 5-11 p.m. Dec. 13, 5:30-11 p.m. Dec. 14, and 5-10 p.m. Dec. 15. The park will stay lit nightly through Jan. 1. For more information, go online to http://wjchristmaspark.org.
Line-up for the parade of lights is at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The parade steps off at 5:30. For more information or to register, contact Sandy Boucher at (614) 879-9662.
The annual house decorating contest is open to residents in West Jefferson and Jefferson Township. Call 879-8818 and leave a message to have your home judged or to nominate a house for judging; leave your name, address and phone number. Judging will take place Dec. 8-13; all lights should be left on from 6-10 p.m. those nights. Prize categories are “Clark Grizwold,” for homes with excessive use of lighting and decoration, and “Norman Rockwell,” for homes with more traditional decorations.