(Posted Nov. 21, 2018)
On Dec. 1, Uptown Plain City Organization’s (UPCO) Christmas Under the Clock will take place on Main Street, Chillicothe Street and Jefferson Avenue in Plain City. In its 17th year, the event is free and will begin at 5 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony.
The tree lighting will feature Santa and entertainment by the Starlight Twirlers. Tree lighting pixies, winners of a coloring contest, will light the tree.
Immediately following the lighting, Plain City businesses and organizations will host open houses. Participating businesses will have maps marking the sites of all of the open houses, activities and entertainment.
Wagon rides will run between Lovejoy’s Plaza on Main Street and Yoder’s True Value Hardware where Santa will be available for photos. Shuttles will move visitors among Jefferson Avenue businesses. Visitors can park at either end of the festivities and get back to their cars by wagon or shuttle.
At Lovejoy’s Plaza, UPCO will serve up ham and bean soup. Additional entertainment and Rock On Ice ice sculpting demonstrations also are planned. Main Street will bustle with business prize drawings, children’s crafts, Plain City Public Library’s book sale, cookie decorating and more. Among Jefferson Avenue’s offerings are gift baskets, raffle items, food and warm drinks.
Due to a shortage of UPCO volunteers, Daily Needs Assistance will present the craft fair. DNA also will host Plain City Church Fellowship’s interactive nativity scene.
UPCO will post the activities map in advance on its Facebook page and website, uptownplaincity.com. The evening will wrap up around 8 p.m.
Christmas Under the Clock is one event UPCO presents to the community each year. The non-profit, volunteer organization is dedicated to the revitalization of Plain City’s historic uptown area.
Christmas Under the Clock sponsors include Civista Bank, Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery, Foust Plumbing & Heating, Plain City Druggist, Rummell-Brill Insurance, Yoder’s True Value Hardware & General Store, ASE Feed & Supply, Jan & Tony’s Pizza, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crager Tobin Real Estate, and The Recovery Village.
UPCO extends special thanks to Stephany Foley of Civista Bank for her work on this year’s event and to volunteers from Hope Church and Journey Church, Annette Marble & Associates Key Realty, Memorial Health Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Mainstreet Treasures, the village of Plain City, the Plain City Police Department, and the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.