London’s Olde Fashioned Christmas: New day and time

Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides will once again be part of London’s Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration. This year’s event is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

(Posted Nov. 3, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London’s Olde Fashioned Christmas is a go for this year, but the day and time are new.

Instead of taking place the Monday night after Thanksgiving, the festivities are set for the Sunday afternoon after Thanksgiving–Nov. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.

“This way, it will be light outside, and people can see the parades and everything better,” said Jack Starr, a member of the Downtown London Association, the event host.

Highlights of this year’s Olde Fashioned Christmas include:

• Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides. The wagon rides will be free and run one-way from Cowling Park on North Main Street to the railroad tracks on South Main Street. Reservations are not required.

The carriage rides will be $20 and run round-trip between the park and the tracks. Each carriage holds six people; the cost is a flat $20 for the whole carriage. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Starr at (740) 852-5592.

• Santa Claus. The Jolly Old Elf will set up shop at Trinity Episcopal Church, 10 E. Fourth St. He will be available throughout the afternoon. Additionally, children can drop their letters to Santa in a mailbox outside of e-Merge Real Estate, 62 S. Main St.

• Christmas Parade. Anyone is welcome to participate in the Christmas parade, whether as individuals or groups, walking or in decorated vehicles. The route will run from Cowling Park south on Main Street to downtown. Step-off is at 2 p.m. To participate, call Starr at 852-5592.

• Pet Parade. Dress up your pet–any kind of pet–in holiday gear and join in what has become an Olde Fashioned Christmas tradition. The pet parade steps off at 3 p.m. from Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of Walnut and High streets. There is no cost to enter. Prizes will be awarded.

• Holiday Wreath Giveaway. Ten to 12 decorated wreaths will be given away. They will be on display at Huntington Bank, 2 E. High St. The drawing is free to enter. Winners will be announced at the end of the afternoon.

• Photo Booth and Other Fun. A photo booth will be set up between Fine Designs & Interiors and Starr Trophy on South Main Street. Visitors are welcome to bring their cameras to take photos.

Food, carolers, merchant sales, face painting, and costumed characters handing out candy are also part of the day’s festivities.

“We’re hoping for good weather and a great turnout,” Starr said. “The purpose of the event is to showcase downtown London. There’s a lot here now, and we want to make sure people are aware of what all the downtown has to offer.”

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