London’s Olde Fashioned Christmas set for Dec. 2

(Posted Nov. 21, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Come Dec. 2, Thanksgiving leftovers might still linger in the fridge, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start celebrating candy-cane season.

That night, the Downtown London Association (DLA) will serve up its annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration. Santa, sales, refreshments, entertainment–it’s all happening between 4:30 and 9 p.m. on and around Main Street.

The night kicks off with a pet parade at 4:30 p.m. at Cowling Park. All kinds of pets are welcome, and prizes will be awarded. There is no cost to enter.

New this year is the lighting of the community Christmas tree, set for 5 p.m. at Cowling Park. London Mayor Patrick Closser will do the honors. The DLA is decorating one of the park’s evergreens for the occasion. Yellow ribbons honoring active-duty military personnel will be among the decorations.

“We hope to do this every year and have a different local celebrity do the lighting each time,” said Jack Starr, event coordinator.

A traditional parade starring Santa will step off at 5:30 p.m. and make its way into the heart of downtown London. Lineup is at 4:45 p.m. Floats, cars, walkers and other entries are welcome.

Throughout the evening, visitors can hop aboard horse-drawn wagons for rides up and down Main Street, courtesy of Madison Health and BST. Santa, live reindeer and characters from the movie “Frozen” will be hanging out in the McDonald’s parking lot.

Several downtown shops will be open, offering refreshments, giveaways, special sales, children’s activities and entertainment. Many also are participating in a free decorated wreath drawing. Anyone can enter to win.

Want to capture the moment? Stop by the free photo booth between Fine Designs and Starr Trophy. And enjoy food, crafts and carolers throughout the downtown area and inside the Methodist, Episcopal and Catholic churches.

The Grinch will make an appearance at London Public Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to make a Grinch-themed craft, enjoy refreshments, and at 6:30 p.m. listen to a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The London Visual Arts Guild is hosting an opening reception for its Christmas show in conjunction with Olde Fashioned Christmas. Arts and crafts created by Guild members will be for sale at Gallery On High. The reception also will include free children’s activities, cookies and snacks.

Many other treats and activities are in store for the evening.

“The town is going to be all decorated. There will be lots of good food. You can see what the businesses have for sale. It’s just a great way to celebrate downtown and kick off the Christmas season,” Starr said.

For more information or to participate in the pet parade or the traditional parade, contact Jack Starr at (740) 852-5592 or (740) 506-0910.

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