Large turnout for Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village

(Posted Dec. 9, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer/Photographer

Nice weather and an array of activities and attractions resulted in a large turnout for Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village, held Dec. 7.

Kathy and Mike Barthen of First United Methodist Church serve up cookies and wassail, a mulled yuletide cider served hot. First United Methodist was one of many organizations and vendors spreading season’s greetings at Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village, a warm glow that was equal parts holiday cheer, goodwill and sugar buzz.
Terri Thompson (left), owner of Kountry Klippings and host of the ugly pet sweater parade, stands beside Kay Boyd. Not to be outdone by dogs, cats, or even ducks, the women proudly present their own ugly Christmas sweaters.
Makayla Douglas, 8, pets Lovey and Tempest, South American alpacas on display at Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village celebration, courtesy of Don and Debbie Williams of OG3 Alpacas. The animals were advertised as being part of a kissing booth.
As part of Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village festivities, the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce and Mount Sterling Market Crew sponsored a “photo op” contest. Participants took pictures of themselves at designated spots, then uploaded them to the web where they were then entered into a drawing to win “Chamber bucks” redeemable at participating stores. Here, Morgan Henry (top), 6, and Harper Henry (bottom), almost 3, try their best to look like pine cones.
Fun, family-friendly activities could be enjoyed throughout downtown Mount Sterling. Faith Simmons (left) and her granddaughter, Larissa Simmons (center), learn how to make miniature snow gardens under the cheerful tutelage of Master Gardener Christy Pearl at the Mad Hatter Café.
Tristan Kirksey, 8, tells Santa what a good boy he has been this year. Tristan was just one of many children (and adults) who posed for pictures with the old toymaker.
Mrs. Claus (known as Chris Parker to mere mortals) poses with her “mini me” at her shop, A Sterling Christmas, on North London Street. Parker’s shop needed little preparation for Mount Sterling’s holiday event; the shop specializes in Christmas goods all year round.
Representatives from Mount Sterling’s village council and administrative office took part in Christmas in the Village to both share in the fun and facilitate safety: (top from left) mayor-elect Marci Darlington and fiscal officer Courtney Bricker; (bottom) council members Andrew Drake and Becky Martin. Christmas in the Village was made possible by the combined efforts of village government, the chamber of commerce, local businesses, organizations and individuals. Organizers offered a special thanks o Cub Scout Pack 343 of Five Points for purchasing and distributing luminaries that lined the street.
Businesses were open late for Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village, and many went all out in decorating for the holidays, including Little Shoppe on London (shown here). All sorts of delicious treats awaited visitors who came inside to warm themselves with Christmas cheer.
Santa makes a break for it Saturday night at the end of Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village.
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