Photo collection from Mt. Sterling’s Christmas in the Village

(Posted Dec. 4, 2023)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer/Photographer

The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas in the Village on Dec. 2. Throughout the four-hour holiday extravaganza, visitors shopped, wrote letters to Santa Claus, went on mule-drawn carriage rides, and mingled with the Grinch who added a bit of spice to the festivities.

Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Mules Minnie and Mouse take guests around Mount Sterling’s downtown. The mules were at the event courtesy of Horse-N-Round Fun.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Lucas Gift, 3, cannot contain his excitement as he prepares his letter to Santa Claus. According to his mother, Lucas wants a train and two airplanes for Christmas this year.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Sisters and co-owners of The Little Shoppe on London Melissa Wilson (left) and Pam Gleadell (right) stand next to one of the snowmen that used to “mysteriously” change positions in the store and sneak up on people milling about downtown Mount Sterling. Curtis Swaggerty and Mike May designed the snowmen. At previous Christmas in the Village events, they would get inside the larger of the two expanding Styrofoam creations and give guests a little “holiday fright” but decided against it this year. “It gets way too hot in there,” Swaggerty said.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
The Grinch (a.k.a. Caterina Pierce) tries to garner a reaction from John Pierce but the 11-year-old seems immune to the antics.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene provided a live nativity: (front row, from left) Kasen Davis, Aryin Foust, Sara Foust; (back row) Autumn Cress, Sierra Chalk, and Camila Davis.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Music Men & Jen, a barbershop quartet, entertains the crowd with Christmas carols: (from left) Jen Vilardi, Steve Lind, Paul Oswalt, and Craig Chadwell.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Tamra Hall stands between the giving trees located inside town hall. The trees were decorated with mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for residents to take free of charge.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
(From left to right) Beth Ann Snyder, Branson Baughn, Skye Baughn, Hattie Edwards and Deven Baughn gather for a family photo. Behind them is a bale of hay designed to look like a snowman.
Photo courtesy of the Village of Mount Sterling
The evening included a lighted parade. All Ohio Portable Toilets was among the entries. On the float were: (front row, from left) Sully Hellman, Hadley Hellman, Ellie Marshall; (back row) Avery Marshall and Jon Hellman.
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