South Charleston’s 25th annual Christmas celebration set for Dec. 1

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(Posted Nov. 4, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

After a year off due to the pandemic, Christmas in South Charleston is back. The 25th annual event, sponsored by the South Charleston Community Club, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 on and around Chillicothe Street.

Jennifer McKee, club president, is happy for the event’s return for two reasons.

“It’s a uniting event for the community and very children-oriented. It’s a definite outreach and special time for the village,” she said. “It’s also the only public fundraiser for the Community Club, which solely supports South Charleston Community Park.”

The 2021 version of Christmas in South Charleston offers many of the traditional elements of past celebrations, including vendors, children’s activities, a parade, food trucks, a bonfire, and the always popular raffle. Downtown businesses will be open, offering Christmas-themed sales and activities.

Vendors will be set up inside First Presbyterian Church, 15 N. Chillicothe St., and Gilbert’s Youth Center, 65 S. Chillicothe St. Vendor spaces are $20, come with a six-foot table, and can be reserved by sending an email through the Christmas in South Charleston Facebook page.

Once again, children can participate in the Passport program, picking up a booklet at any participating business, collecting as many stamps and stickers from businesses as they can, and turning in their booklet at First Presbyterian Church at the end of the night for a chance at prizes. The drawing will take place at 8 p.m. at the church.

Santa will make his grand entrance during a parade that steps off at 5:30 p.m., traveling from Journey of Faith Fellowship, 163 N. Chillicothe St., to Sunrise Cooperative, 21 Woodard St. Anyone who would like to take part in the parade is asked to call South Charleston Police Chief Brian Redish at (937) 462-8822. Parade entrants are invited to enjoy a dinner beforehand at 4:30 at Journey of Faith. Santa will be available to visit with children from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Charleston town hall, 35 S. Chillicothe St. Parents are welcome to take photos.

The corner of Chillicothe and Jamestown streets is the place to be for food trucks and a bonfire. Food offerings for the night include: Diamond Dogs serving hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, brownies and more; Griddles & Cheese, a new food truck that dishes up gooey melts, loaded tots, and sweet treats; Christian Brothers Meat Co., offering up barbecue and delicious sides; and the Cinnamon Roll Truck, a crowd favorite.

Tickets are already on sale for the raffle. This year, the grand prize are the cash proceeds from the new 50/50 raffle format. Additional tickets will be drawn for other prizes, including gift certificates and merchant services. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six and can be purchased at: Park National Bank, 102 S. Chillicothe St.; Village Chi/Village Cup, 17 S. Chillicothe St.; Shoemakers IGA, 111 S. Chillicothe St.; or by contacting any Community Club member. They also will be available or purchase the night of the celebration. The drawing is set for 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

The Community Club also is taking pre-orders for poinsettias which will be available for pickup the day of Christmas in South Charleston. Options include a six-inch pot for $15 or a jumbo 12-inch pot for $40. The flowers come in red, white or pink. Orders will be taken through the week of Thanksgiving. Delivery is possible for large orders. Order forms are available through Village Cup or by contacting Liz Altman at (937) 360-5842.

Proceeds go toward the maintenance of South Charleston Community Park. Expenses include utilities and maintenance of the lawn, equipment, ball diamonds, driveway, and basketball, tennis and pickleball courts. Donations can be made anytime at Park National Bank.

The Community Club was founded in 1963. Membership is $5 per year. Meetings take place at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, September through May, with the exception of January. The current meeting location is the event room at Village Chic/Village Cup, 17 S. Chillicothe St. Officers are: Jennifer McKee, president; Barb Harbage, vice president; Jillian Edwards, secretary; and Teresa Bryan, treasurer.

For more information about any part of the event, visit “Christmas in South Charleston” on Facebook. To help set the mood for the celebration, the Community Club asks that area residents and businesses decorate their windows, houses, and yards with white lights.

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