Old-fashioned fun in London

London’s Old Fashioned Christmas will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1.

5:30 p.m.—Santa and his reindeer arrive at Cowling Park on North Main Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus read Polar Express to visitors at the park. Madison County Hospital hosts its "Lights of Love" ceremony, which includes performances by the First United Methodist Sanctuary Choir, Wesley Singers, and Kids of the Kingdom.

6 p.m.—Horse-drawn carriage rides start. The color guard of London American Legion Post 105 raises the flag at the city building and the London High School band performs. London High’s Crimson Choir sings at Walls & Bennett; Rosedale Bible College Chorus sings at St. Patrick Parish Center; and the London Middle School band plays at the court house.

6:15 p.m.—Santa arrives at Huntington Bank.

6:30 p.m.—The Shiloh Music Academy String Ensemble performs at the court house; London High’s Signature Choir sings at Walls & Bennett Realty; St. Patrick School Ensemble performs at the Parish Center; London First Baptist Church sings at Cowling Park. The Columbus Zoo visits the park during this time, too.

7 p.m.—The London Elementary School Choir sings at the court house; London Middle School (6) choir sings at Walls & Bennett; and the Madison Country Senior Citizen Rhythm Band performs at the Madison Messenger.

7:30 p.m.—The Jonathan Alder Society Show Choir sings at the court house; London Christian Fellowship choir sings at the Madison Messenger; and London Middle (7/8) choir sings at Walls & Bennett.

8 p.m.—First United Methodist Bell Choir plays at Cowling Park.

8:30 p.m.—Bells ring at St. Patrick Catholic Church and First United Methodist Church.


Venues to Visit

First United Methodist Church                East Fourth Street
Visit the First United Methodist Church for a soup and sandwich café and a picture by the nativity scene, with your family dressed in biblical costumes. 

Trinity Episcopal Church                    East Fourth Street
Take a trip to the Trinity Episcopal Church for hot drinks and fellowship to make the evening memorable.

London Grace Brethren Church                South Main Street
Stop by the Grace Brethren Church for caroling, family activities, and a treat!

Huntington Bank                        South Main Street
Visit Huntington Bank and see Santa during the hours of 6:15pm-8:30pm, during your visit don’t forget to tell him what you want for the upcoming holiday.

Cowling Park                        North Main Street
Cowling Park will feature activities and complementary snacks thanks to London Parks and Recreation and Kroger. Please view the list of activities at the Park throughout the evening. The park is also a designated carriage point.

5:00pm-9:00pm        Book Drive by Girl Scouts
            London Baptist Church – free winter gloves and hats
5:30pm-6:00pm         Mrs. Claus reads Polar Express
6:00pm            Santa leads the Carriages to Downtown!
6:00pm-8:00pm        Santa’s Reindeer
6:30pm-7:30pm        Columbus Zoo comes to you including Penguins and Snow Lepards
6:30pm-7:30pm         London Baptist Choir performs at Gazebo
8:00pm            First United Methodist “Bell Choir” performs at Gazebo

First Merit Bank                        West High Street
Drop off your unwrapped toy or monetary donation at First Merit Bank (6pm-9pm) to help the toy drive campaign and the efforts of the Madison County Job and Family Services and London Fire Department in order to provide a special holiday season to local families.

St. Patrick Catholic Church                 East Second Street
Stop in the Parish Center for cookies, punch, and warm drinks.

Masonic Temple                        North Main Street
Visit the Masonic Temple for a Candy Sale sponsored by the London Federation of Women’s Club Candy Sale and to purchase your bicentennial Christmas ornament from the 2011 committee! 

Glass Shop                            South Main Street
A Carriage point will be available at the Glass Shop, before you get on enjoy complementary hot dogs and hot chocolate from the Glass Shop and Boy Scout Troop 102. 

Jillian’s                             South Main Street
While passing Jillian’s shop on South Main Street don’t forget to view the traditional “Live” manikins act in the window. It’s always a favorite of the kids to attempt to get a smile out the young beauties!

Gallery on High                         East High Street
Stop in the grand opening event of Gallery on High – London’s artistic showcase of talented local individuals.

London Florist                        West Center Street
Ladies Night Out will take place starting at 7:000pm.  The event is free to the public including complementary gourmet foods & beverages, and wine sampling by Ann & Tony’s Restaurant.
You can even enjoy the evening by scheduling (call 740-852-0990) Mary Kay facials, Jafra Footial spa treatments, and chocolate paraffin dips.

Mabe’s Athletic Apparel                      South Main Street
The London High School Hip-Hop dance team will be hosting a bake sale to raise money for the 2008-09 season.

Dillion Realty                    South Main Street
Unique and Personal…
Buckets ‘n Baskets are one of kind custom gifts for everyone on your list!  Let us take the stress out of your gift buying. Call with your order today! 740-406-0428.               

City Council Chambers                     East Second Street
The local quilters will be available in the City Council to showcase their creativity and skill. Quilts will be available for order and purchase. The 2011 bicentennial committee will also be present selling official 2011 commemorative ornaments and displaying the historical moments of the City of London.

Phat Daddy’s                     East First Street
Stop by Phat Daddy’s pizza during the celebration and get a FREE caricature by artists Steve Campbell, while waiting on the finishing touches enjoy a free treat and hot chocolate!

Sun Tan Center                     East High Street
Warm-Up on a cool evening at the Sun Tan Center for a FREE Tan!

London Imagery                      South Main Street
Stop by the new London Imagery for holiday photos with your family!

Armory                      East Second Street
Families are invited to participate in activities at the Armory including corn hole tournament, pool tournament, and gymnastics demonstrations. Parents are also welcome to visit and find more information regarding the after school program. 

Old Deli                    South Main Street
The building that many local residents know as the former home to Buckley’s will be designated as the rain site for choirs and bands. Both upstairs and downstairs rooms will be used if weather does not cooperate for local choirs to continue to participate.  The Old Deli is located on the east side of South Main Street, next door to Mabe’s Athletic Apparel.
                    *RAIN SITE*

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