Dec. 1 Christmas event to fill streets of London

Messenger photo by Joe Wyse
(From left) Timothy Beathard, owner of Timothy E. Beathard & Associates, London Mayor David Eades, Bill Beathard, owner of Dwyer Insurance Agency, and Ryan Ladd, Parks and Recreation director, stand in the shelter house at Cowling Park. Timothy Beathard and Bill Beathard donated money to London’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, which will features horse-drawn carriage rides. Family Dental Care and First United Methodist Church also gave $500 each.

Downtown London will be hopping Dec. 1 as the city’s annual Old Fashioned Christmas takes to the streets, shops, offices and churches up, down, and around Main Street.

The festivities run from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Ryan Ladd at the London Parks & Recreation Office, 740-852-4462.

The full run-down, by place, is as follows:

Cowling Park (North Main Street)—Enjoy activities and snacks, compliments of London Parks & Recreation and Kroger. The park is also a designated carriage drop-off and pick-up point.
5-9: Book drive by Girl Scouts
5-9: London Baptist Church giving away winter gloves and hats
5:30-6: Mrs. Claus reads “Polar Express”
6: Santa leads carriages to downtown
6-8: Santa’s reindeer (real ones on view)
6:30-7:30: Columbus Zoo will have penguins and snow leopards at the park
6:30-7:30—London Baptist choir per-forms
8—First United Methodist bell choir

Madison County Hospital (210 N. Main)
5:30—First United Methodist Church choirs 
5:30—Lights of Love ceremony

Madison County Court House
6—London Middle School Band plays 
6:30—Shiloh Music Academy String Ensemble performs
7—London Elementary School Choir
7:30—Jonathan Alder Society Show Choir

First United Methodist Church (52 N. Main St.)—Stop by for soup and sandwiches and a picture by the nativity scene with your family dressed in biblical costumes.
Trinity Episcopal Church (10 E. Fourth St.)—Enjoy hot drinks and fellowship.

Masonic Temple (65 N. Main St.)
5-9 p.m.—Shop at the London Federation of Women’s Club candy sale. Also, this is one of two locations that London’s Bicentennial 2011 committee will be selling blue and silver Bicentennial Christmas ornaments. They are $11 each or two for $20. The other location is city council chambers. 

First Merit Bank (101 W. High St.)
6-9 p.m.—Drop off unwrapped toys or monetary donations for the Holiday Helpers toy drive.

Sun Tan Center (13 E. High St.)
Get a free tan.

Gallery on High (East High Street)
Stop in the grand opening of London’s artistic showcase of talented local individuals.

Walls & Bennett Realty (53 S. Main St.)
6:30—London High School Signature Choir
7—London Middle School (6) Choir
7:30—London Middle (7/8) Choir

London Imagery (South Main Street)
Stop by the new London Imagery for holiday photos with your family.

Armory (15 E. Second St.)
5-9 p.m.—Enjoy a corn hole tournament, pool tournament and gymnastics demonstrations. Parents can learn about the after-school program. 

St. Patrick Parish Center (61 S. Union)
6—Rosedale Bible College Chorus
6:30—St. Patrick School Ensemble

St. Patrick Church (East Second Street)
5-9 p.m.—Enjoy cookies, punch, and warm drinks.

City Council Chambers  (E. Second St.)
5-9 p.m.—Quilters will showcase their creativity and skills. Quilts will be available for order and purchase. The London Bicentennial committee will be selling ornaments and manning a display of memorabilia celebrating London’s history.

Huntington Bank (61 S. Main St.)
6:15 to 8:30—See Santa

Jillian’s (24 S. Main St.)
5-9 p.m.—See live mannekins in the shop window.

Mabe’s Athletic Apparel (18 S. Main St.)
5-9 p.m.—London High School’s hip-hop dance team will host a bake sale.

Dillion Realty (60 S. Main St.)
5-9 p.m.—Offering Buckets ’n Baskets custom gifts. Call 740-406-0428 to order.

Madison Messenger (78 S. Main St.)
5:30-8—Drop off unwrapped toys for toy drives
7—Madison County Senior Citizen Band performs
7:30—London Middle School Band performs

Phat Daddy’s (15 E. First St.)
5-9 p.m.—Get a free caricature by artist Steve Campbell, treat and hot chocolate.

City Building (South Main Street)
6—Flag-raising ceremony with London High School band

London Grace Brethren Church (South Main Street)
Caroling, family activities and treats.

Glass Shop (South Main Street)
5:30-9 p.m.—This is a carriage pick-up and drop-off point, as well as a place to get free hot dogs and hot chocolate from the Glass Shop and Boy Scout Troop 102. 

London Florist (196 W. Center St.)
A Ladies Night Out will start at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public and includes gourmet food and beverages and a wine sampling by Ann & Tony’s Restaurant. To schedule a Mary Kay facial, Jafra footial spa treatment, or a chocolate paraffin dip, call 740-852-0990.

Old Deli (22 S. Main St.)
5-9 p.m.—The former Buckley’s deli is the rain site for choirs and bands should the weather decided not to cooperate. The upstairs and downstairs rooms will be used.

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