(Posted Nov. 22, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Plain City is changing things up this year, presenting its Christmas festivities in two parts–one in the morning and one in the late afternoon/evening–both on Dec. 4.
The day starts with the Route 42 Holiday Hop. From 9 to 11 a.m., the spotlight will shine on businesses located in Plain City along Route 42. Stores will offer refreshments, giveaways, coupons and sales. Santa will visit with children at Plain City Ace Hardware, 625 W. Main St.
From 4 to 7 p.m., the spotlight shifts to uptown Plain City for Christmas Under the Clock where the street will be blocked off between Lovejoy’s Plaza and Plain City Auction House. Food and craft vendors will set up in this area. The Biscuit Box and Rocky Mountain Coffee food trucks will be on site. Local restaurants will be open, as well.
Twirlers, a bell choir, and the Plain City Community Singers will perform. Santa will be available for photos starting at 5 p.m. at the flatiron in the middle of town, underneath the clock tower. (Bring your own camera.)
Winners of the annual coloring contest will serve as tree lighting pixies, helping Santa to flip the switch on the town tree at 5:45 p.m. Afterwards, students from Shekinah Christian School will stroll through uptown, singing carols.
Wagon rides will start at Main and Chillicothe streets and transport passengers to view the lights at Pastime Park.
Throughout the celebration, uptown businesses will hold open houses.
Once the celebration wraps up at 7 p.m., Santa will venture out on a ride through the village. Residents are encouraged to watch for him coming through their neighborhood.
Last year due to the pandemic, Plain City’s Christmas festivities were limited to a live stream of the tree lighting and Santa’s ride through the village. Organizers are happy to be back with in-person plans.
“The village is excited to bring such a great event back with Christmas Under the Clock and to add the Route 42 Holiday Hop. We’re encouraging people to come on out, visit local businesses, and have a good time,” said Linda Granger, Plain City parks and recreation director.
In addition to the festivities on Dec. 4, the village of Plain City is hosting a Christmas decorating contest. Any home or business in the village is eligible to participate. To enter, call (614) 873-3527, ext. 106, and provide your name or business name, address, and phone number. Entries are due by Dec. 12. Prizes will be awarded in separate home and business categories: $150, first place; $100, second place; and $50, third place. Judging will take place Dec. 13-15. Winners will be announced live via the village’s Facebook page on Dec. 17.
Letters to Santa
Starting Dec. 1, children can deposit letters to Santa in the Santa Mailbox at Bicentennial Park in the flatiron. Santa will respond to all letters received by Dec. 15.
Lights at the park
The light display at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City, will shine nightly starting Nov. 29.