(Posted Nov. 28, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Last year’s Christmas in the Village in Mount Sterling enjoyed the largest turnout in its history. Members of the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce, hosts of the community event, are hoping to keep the momentum going this year.
“Being out on the street and seeing all the people interacting and just having a good time–that’s what I really thrive on. We hope to see that return this year,” said Barbie Wallace, one of the event’s organizers.
Christmas in the Village takes place 4-8 p.m. Dec. 3 in downtown Mount Sterling. Plenty of entertainment is planned for children and adults alike. Most of the activities take place throughout the evening. Some are set at specific times.
Parade and Santa
Among the highlights is the illuminated parade. Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center parking lot, 164 E. Main St. Anyone is welcome to participate–businesses, sports teams, churches, civic groups, individuals, families, etc. All entries must have lights of some kind, such as glow sticks or Christmas lights. The Madison-Plains and Westfall marching bands are slated to perform in the parade. There is no charge to participate. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact Tom Corbin at (614) 530-3132.
The parade steps off at 6 p.m. From the Community Center, the parade proceeds right onto East Main Street, left onto Water Street, left onto Columbus Street, left onto London Street, right onto Houston Street, right onto South High Street, ending at the rear entrance of the Community Center.
Santa will arrive at the celebration via a fire truck at the end of the parade. He will be dropped off at the gazebo across from town hall, 1 S. London St. He and Mrs. Claus will spend the rest of the evening hearing children’s Christmas wishes and posing for photos.
Downtown businesses will be open throughout the event. Shoppers can pick up stamp cards at merchants participating in the Chamber’s Shop Hop. For a chance to win a prize, participants must collect stamps from all the businesses on the card then drop off their completed card at the last business they visit. There is one prize. The lucky winner goes home with a basket full of $20 gift cards from each of the participating businesses.
Vendors of all kinds will be set up under a large tent on the town hall lawn and inside at 25 S. London St. To reserve a vendor spot, contact Wallace at (614) 832-0796. Outdoor spaces are $30, indoor spaces are $40, and food truck spaces are $50.
A gift wrapping station for items purchased that night from businesses and vendors will be available at 46 N. London St., next to the Masonic Lodge. Gift wrapping is free; donations are accepted.
Just for kids, a Secret Santa Shop will be set up inside the Masonic Lodge, 48 N. London St. Items are $5 or less. Elves will help children shop and bag of their purchases to take home.
Kids will have plenty of fun, free things to do all four hours of Christmas in the Village. They can make and take reindeer food at Reiterman Feed & Supply, 103 N. London St., have their caricature drawn or face painted at Pleasant Township Hall, 84 N. London St., visit a petting zoo on the town hall lawn, and write letters to Santa inside town hall.
Mount Sterling OH Rocks will hide Christmas-themed, painted rocks around the festival area. Children who find a rock and bring it to town hall will earn prizes.
Activities for All Ages
A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the gazebo across from town hall. Ralph Ross, retired owner of Flowers By Ralph, will do the lighting honors.
Members of Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene will present a live nativity scene featuring both humans and animals on the town hall lawn through the evening.
Inside town hall, visitors can bid in a silent auction featuring tabletop-size trees decorated and donated by businesses and organizations. Proceeds benefit the Community Center. Anyone who would like to donate a decorated tree can contact Tamra Hall at (614) 271-2316 for details.
Town hall also is the place to spend time checking out the Community Center’s sewing club quilt display (one of the quilts will be up for bid), enter the Mount Sterling Parks & Recreation Committee’s gift basket raffle, and browse the Chamber’s “giving tree.” Anyone, regardless of need, is welcome to take free mittens, hats, and blankets from the tree.
Look for a free selfie station inside 25 S. London St., watch for The Grinch who will be strolling through the crowds, or enjoy a carriage ride ($10 per person). The carriage ride pickup and dropoff spot is at the corner of London and Main streets. All ages are invited to make and take a holiday garden at the Mad Hatter, 17 E. Main St.; the cost is $10.
Food and Food Drive
The Masonic Lodge is hosting a concession stand on the town hall lawn. Wacky Wanda Chocolatier will be set up inside the Mad Hatter. Food trucks will be set up on the street.
Hammertime Pub, 27 S. London St., is sponsoring a chili cookoff at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $5. The tasting fee is $5, and tasters get to vote on their favorites.
Additionally, the Chamber is collecting food donations for the Community Center. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the gift wrapping station. All types of food are needed but especially soups.