NORTH VERNON — “Christmas in the City” will kick off the holiday season in North Vernon on Saturday with the annual parade and several other events.
“We are doing a few things differently this year,” said Sue Fenton, who is volunteering her time working with Joanne Campbell to plan this year’s activities.
Food booths will be available along Short Street before and after the parade between 3 and 6 p.m.
“For the first time, we will have food booths operated by nonprofit clubs and organizations,” Fenton said. “We’ve already had several signed up. “
Culinary delights being offered will include chili, bread bowls filled with soup, sandwiches and treats. There also will be booths selling holiday goodies to take home or give as gifts such as cheese balls and jars filled with mixes.
The parade will begin at downtown North Vernon at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We already have more than 26 floats signed up, and we expect many more at the last minute,” Fenton said. “There will also be singers, tap dancers, bands, and we’re hoping for the llamas and the clowns. I think it will be a very good year for the parade.”
Another first this year will be a Christmas concert performed by the Community Choir under the direction of Al Davisson. The Community Choir is made up of a combination of singers from several different churches in North Vernon. The music will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.
The Carnegie Government Center will conduct an open house between 2 and 4 p.m. The public is invited to stop by the newly restored building for free cookies and hot chocolate.
The celebration will end with the annual blessing of the community Christmas Tree at 6 p.m.
“This is why we love this town; you just couldn’t get this kind of thing in a large, urban community,” said Fenton,who relocated here from Orange County, Calif. “My brother and his family are coming here just to attend this event because it is so special.”
Both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to welcome visitors to City Hall.
Beginning at 2 p.m., families will have the opportunity to have their photo taken in a decorated space of the Carnegie Government Center, courtesy of the North Vernon Walgreen store.
The first print of each family will be free, with additional prints available at a reduced price.