Plain City will shine brightly for Dec. 2 festivities

(Posted Nov. 27, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The village of Plain City is packing the morning, late afternoon, and evening of Dec. 2 with holiday spirit.

First up is the Route 42 Holiday Hop, set for 9 a.m.-noon. Businesses on U.S. Route 42 will offer holiday discounts, giveaways, treats, and activities. Santa will be available for visits at Ace Hardware, 625 W. Main St.

Next is Christmas Under the Clock in uptown Plain City, running from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by the Santa parade. Throughout the event, businesses will be open, offering giveaways, refreshments, holiday deals, and, in the case of restaurants, special menu items. Several food trucks will be on site. Craft vendors will be set up outside on Main Street. Look for various organizations providing activities outside, as well.

Choir members from Shekinah Christian School and Rosedale Bible College will stroll the celebration grounds, performing along the way. The Plain City Music, Arts & Theatre Society will present live music, dramatic readings, and an art display from 5 to 8 p.m. at Buckeye Brass & Winds, 202 N. Chillicothe St.

New this year, live reindeer will be on site. A craft station, Elsa photo station, and toy donation dropoff spot can be found at 156 W. Main St. Daily Needs Assistance is organizing the toy drive for its A Child Remembered Christmas Store for families in need. Plain City Public Library, 205 W. Main St., will be open and giving away free seasonal books while supplies last to children 12 and younger. The library also has planned a paperback book sale and fundraising raffle.

The Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association will provide sleigh (tractor) rides to and from Pastime Park for riders to enjoy the park’s drive-through light display. The pickup/dropoff point is the intersection of Main and Chillicothe streets. The light display is synched to music and runs through Jan. 1.

A ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at Bicentennial Park. The Starlight Twirlers will perform, live music is planned, and Mayor Jody Carney and Santa will make remarks. Winners of the business and house decorating contest will be announced. At 5:45 p.m., winners of the annual coloring contest, dubbed Christmas pixies, will light the village Christmas tree. This year’s pixies are: ages 5 and younger, Andrew Dobbelaere and Barrett Wentz; ages 6-8, McKinley Robinson and Parker Christman; ages 9-10, Cass Labianca, Hadley Gillespie, Sawyer Prather, and Kara Dyar.

Santa will be available at the tree for photos before and after the lighting ceremony until 7 p.m. Then, he will lead the Santa parade from 7 p.m. to about 8, winding his way through neighborhoods around Plain City, throwing candy. For the parade route, visit

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