Dec. 2: So much to do at Mt. Sterling’s Christmas in the Village

The Mount Sterling OH Rocks Club will hide 75 rocks painted like snowmen for children to find and exchange for a lighted wand during Christmas in the Village festivities.

(Posted Nov. 27, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

With each passing year, the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce builds on Christmas in the Village, its annual holiday extravaganza.

“If it’s been a while since you’ve gone to it, it’s definitely worth checking out again,” said Barbie Wallace, Chamber vice president. “The event has grown so much over the last few years. The town transforms into a Hallmark movie kind of night.”

This year’s Christmas in the Village is set for Dec. 2, 4-8 p.m., in downtown Mount Sterling.
Local businesses will be open, offering holiday specials and treats. Vendors will be set up under a heated tent on the town hall lawn, 1 S. London St., and in Masonic Lodge 269, 54 N. London St. Shoppers will find everything from wood crafts, laser-cut earrings, and all-natural laundry and household products to freeze-dried candy, homemade dog treats, and direct sales items. Vendor spots are still available. The cost is $40 for indoor or outdoor spots. The cost for a food truck spot is $60. For reservations, contact Wallace at (614) 832-0796.

A petting zoo provided by Horse-n-Round Fun LLC will be set up on the town hall lawn. Nearby, on the Main Street side of town hall, Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene will have a live nativity scene.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for $5 per person. The pickup/dropoff spot will be on Main Street between town hall and Rapp’s Hardware.

The entry in the Christmas in the Village Trim-a-Tree silent auction that receives the most votes from the public wins a Santa trophy. The auction features tabletop trees decorated and donated by area businesses and organizations.

A tree lighting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the gazebo in Veterans Park across from town hall. Music Men & Jen, a barbershop quartet, will perform at the tree lighting, as well as sing while strolling from 5 to 7 p.m.

Entries in the illuminated parade will line up at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St., and step off at 7 p.m., winding their way through town. The Madison-Plains and Westfall high school marching bands are among the entries. Anyone else who wants to participate can contact Wallace.

Riding in a horse-drawn carriage, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the guests of honor in the parade. They will visit with children after the parade at the gazebo.

Children are invited to make reindeer food at Reiterman Feed & Supply, 103 N. London St. The idea is that they take home bags of food to sprinkle on their yard on Christmas Eve for Santa’s reindeer. A caricaturist and a facepainter will be set up at the Pleasant Township Building, 84 N. London St.

The Mount Sterling OH Rocks Club will hide 75 rocks painted like snowmen around the downtown area. Children who find the rocks can turn them in at town hall in exchange for a lighted wand to wave during the parade.

Other activities at town hall include a Santa letter-writing station and a Giving Tree loaded with gloves, scarves, hats, and throw blankets for anyone to take.

Town hall also is the site of the Mount Sterling Community Center’s Trim-a-Tree silent auction. Area businesses and organizations are invited to decorate and donate tabletop trees for the auction. The deadline to donate a tree is Dec. 1. The public is invited to bid on the trees, as well as cast their votes for their favorite trees. The top vote-getter wins a Santa trophy. This marks the third year for the Trim-a-Tree auction. Proceeds benefit the community center. For details, contact Tamra Hall, a Chamber and Community Center board member, at (614) 271-2316.

Food trucks from Schmidt’s, Good Food Dude (Philly sandwiches, hotdogs, etc.), Bubbles Tea & Juice Co., and Little Bear (hoagies, fries, etc.) will be on site. The Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League will sell hot chocolate and cookies on the town hall lawn.

Hammer Time Pub, 27 S. London St., is once again hosting a chili cookoff. The cost to enter is $5. Participants must drop off a crockpot of their finest homemade chili at the restaurant by 6 p.m. The cost to taste the chili is $5. Tasting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tasters will vote for their favorites. The top three vote-getters will go home with prizes. Proceeds go to the village of Mount Sterling parks and recreation fund.

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