(Posted Nov. 27, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
On the afternoon and evening of Dec. 7, Mount Sterling will be full to the brim with Christmas cheer.
The Mount Sterling Community Center and the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce have set aside that Saturday to offer up a full slate of activities and entertainment.
At the Community Center
The Community Center, 164 E. Main St., kicks off the festivities with its annual “Christmas in the Village” from 2 to 4 p.m.
New this year is a Christmas tree decorating contest. Categories are business, individual adults, individual youth, and family. Prizes will be awarded. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, during which time the public will vote on the winners. Trees must be no more than four feet tall. Decorations can be handmade or store-bought.
The gingerbread house contest is back for another year. The categories, entry deadline, and voting hours are the same as the tree decorating contest. For more information about either contest, email email@example.com or call (740) 869-2453.
During “Christmas in the Village” (2-4 p.m.) children and their families are invited to get their pictures taken with the “Christmas Mouse” and watch the Mount Sterling First United Methodist Church hand bell choir perform. The afternoon also will include a children’s book giveaway, refreshments, and a Christmas-themed history display courtesy of the Mount Sterling Community Museum.
Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments and make Christmas greeting cards for veterans at the VA Hospital in Chillicothe.
A quilt created by the Sew Social Ladies, a group that meets regularly at the center, will be on display and up for bid. The group also will be selling smaller quilted items, such as table runners and lap quilts. The silent auction for the quilt runs through Dec. 23.
Also on Dec. 7, the Mount Sterling Youth Athletic League’s Breakfast with Santa will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Center. Breakfast is $5 and includes a photo with Santa. Cookie decorating and a silent auction also are planned.
The Chamber’s activities will run from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 around downtown Mount Sterling.
Features include a Christmas tree lot in the parking lot in front of Mad Hatter, food trucks in the alley beside town hall, live alpacas outside of town hall (weather permitting), and an illuminated parade.
Churches, organizations, crafters and vendors will sell goods at the Merry Market on the town hall lawn. Mount Sterling United Methodist Church will be there, too, giving out cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and wassail while supplies last. Mittens, gloves, hats and scarves–free to anyone who needs them–will be pinned to a “giving tree” at the town gazebo.
Visitors who get a special card stamped at each participating business earn chances to win a gift basket valued at $100. Additionally, the Chamber will have five photo opportunity stations set up around town. Anyone who uploads photos taken at all five stations to the Chamber’s Facebook page will be entered in a drawing for Chamber bucks good at area stores.
The Chamber is hosting several contests. For the house decorating contest, judges will travel around town after dark on Dec. 6; any house that is decorated and lit during that period will be eligible. Judging for the chili cook-off and baking contest starts at 4:30 p.m. inside town hall. Dress up your pet for an Ugly Sweater Contest at the gazebo at 4:30; the winner is welcome to ride in the Kountry Klippings truck in the parade. Dress up yourself for the Gaudy Christmas Get-Up Contest, set for 5 p.m. at the gazebo; the winner is welcome to ride in the Reiterman’s truck during the parade.
Santa will arrive as part of the illuminated parade, which steps off at 6 p.m. (lineup is at 5:30 on New Street). The parade route runs from New Street to London Street, right on Columbus Street at Ben & Joy’s, right on Market Street at Two Hands, then right on Main Street to the town gazebo. Following the parade, Santa will preside over a tree lighting at the gazebo, then winners of the house decorating contest will be announced.
Live music is planned. The Community Choir will perform at the gazebo at 5:30. The Darlington Family Carolers will sing at 7 p.m., starting at the gazebo, then strolling around town. Additionally, Mount Sterling Nazarene Church, 226 N. Market St., will have a live nativity from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
To participate in the parade or contests or for general information about the Chamber’s activities, contact Becky Martin at (740) 506-0006, Barbie Wallace at (614) 832-0796, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.