The annual Christmas in South Charleston celebration is set for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
Once again, the grand prize in the event’s raffle is $500. The winner will be announced at the end of the night at DeLong Mechanical, 19 S. Chillicothe St.
Members of the Community Club, which hosts Christmas in South Charleston, are selling the tickets for $1 each or $5 for six. The tickets represent not only chances to win $500, but also opportunities to score smaller cash sums and dozens of other goodies.
Many local businesses and individuals have donated everything from $25 and $50 cash prizes to gift certificates, gift baskets, homebaked goods, golf and related accessories, home decorations and even an American flag. The prize list is nearly 60 items long and growing.
The raffle is just one part of Christmas in South Charleston. The schedule of events is packed with many family-friendly activities:
4:30 p.m.—Soup, hot sandwiches and desserts at St. Charles Catholic Church Parish Hall, 31 S. Chillicothe St.
4:30 to 8 p.m.—Crafters and artisans in the Town Hall Opera House, 35 S. Chillicothe St.
4:30 to 8 p.m.—Secret Santa Gift Sales and cinnamon buns at First Presbyterian Church, 15 N. Chillicothe St.
5 to 7 p.m.—Open house at Gilbert’s Youth Center, 65 S. Chillicothe St.
5 to 7 p.m.—Circa Designs open house and refreshments, 15 S. Chillicothe St.
5 to 8:30 p.m.—Cookie walk at United Methodist Church, 15 E. Jamestown St.
6 to 6:30 p.m.—Live nativity and reading of the Christmas story at First Presbyterian Church
6 to 8 p.m.—Free hot chocolate and cookies at Town Hall and at Security National Bank, 102 S. Chillicothe St.
6 to 8 p.m.—Houston Library, 5 W. Jamestown St., will offer music, crafts for kids and teens, and refreshments at the bookmobile.
6 to 8:30 p.m.—Outdoor holiday music by D.J. Tony Moore
6:30 to 8 p.m.—Children’s craft activity in the Town Hall community room
6:30 to 8 p.m.—Santa arrives at Town Hall to greet children and hear their Christmas wishes
6:45 to 7:15 p.m.—Southeastern band and choir at St. Charles Church, 31 S. Chillicothe St.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.—Southeastern volleyball team taking pictures of Santa with children for donations
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.—Horse-drawn wagon rides through the village, departing from Jamestown Street near the Methodist Church.
7 to 8 p.m.—Charleston Brass performs in Opera House balcony
8:30 p.m.—Announcement of raffle prize winners, including grand prize winner at DeLong Mechanical.
Regarding the horse-drawn wagon rides, the “cost” per ride is one non-perishable food item to be given to the local food pantry. All types of food will be accepted except corn or green beans. Suggested food items include pancake mix and syrup, spaghetti and sauce, raisins, canned fruit, canned carrots, potatoes, lima or butter beans, pork and beans, cereal, oats, crackers, corn bread mix, Tuna Helper or Hamburger Helper, cake or brownie mix, peanut butter, beef stew, macaroni and cheese, and boxes of Jello or pudding. Soap and toilet paper also are needed.
For more information
For more details, go to www.christmasinsouthcharleston.org or call JoAnn Wright at 937-462-8773 or Tom Rutschilling at 462-7107.