“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening; In the lane, snow is glistening; A beautiful sight; We’re happy tonight…” Walking downtown during North Vernon’s Christmas in the Solar City. With the plethora of fun and exciting holiday activities planned, it surely will be a sight!
Christmas in the Solar City is scheduled for Saturday, December 4. Originally, this event took place the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, but Mayor Mike Ochs changed it to occur on the first Saturday of December. This will be the fifth installment of the event since the change.
The Christmas Market opens at 4 p.m. Walk around and visit with different vendors and organizations who have set up booths along North Madison Avenue.
Throughout the evening, guests will have a chance to visit Santa Claus at The North Pole, located by the B&O Caboose next to the North Vernon Police Department. Make sure to get a photo with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” Frosty the Snowman and at the brand new Winter Umbrella Sky art installation located in-between Phat Guys Sports Bar & Grill and Brick Street Restaurant.
Take a stroll through the brand new Festival of Lights, a Main Street fundraiser where local businesses and organizations decorate and donate a Christmas tree to be auctioned off to raise money for the North Vernon Main Street program. The decorated trees will be on display inside the old PNC Bank building on the corner of North Madison Avenue and East Walnut Street during the festivities on December 4.
Make sure to stop by and say hello to the animals at the Live Nativity scene, which will feature fan-favorite Sahara the Camel.
An additional holiday treat will be the infamous Boyd family jack-o-lanterns display, but instead of their usual Disney and Halloween theme, they will be Christmas-themed.
Dr. Bill Burnett will also be giving children mini-train rides. All the while, Jackson Snelling, who auditioned for American Idol and performed at North Vernon’s Sweet Street, will be back, performing live from 4-5 p.m., followed by Eric Wernke and the Younger Brother band from 5-5:30 p.m.
The Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the traditional Lighting of the Christmas Tree by Mayor Mike Ochs.
Jennings County High School Touch of Class and Concert Choir will also be putting on a show for visitors from 7-7:30 p.m.
And to round off the evening, at 7:30 p.m. the JC Players will present “A Christmas Story” at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.
It’s sure to be fun-filled night full of holiday cheer!