It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Plain City.
Christmas Under the Clock, Plain City’s annual tree lighting ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Bicentennial Park (the corner of Chillicothe and Main Streets).
“We are closing down Main Street this year for the first time. We have about 40 business involved this year and by closing down the streets, it’s safer for people.” said Julie Weaver, president of Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO).
Parking shouldn’t be an issue, Weaver added, “Take advantage of our Christmas shuttle that will run between Yoder’s Hardware and Lovejoy’s IGA.”
The evening starts at 5 p.m. with live music, choirs, twirlers, and the arrival of Santa Claus at the plaza square. Mayor Sandra Adkins will announce the winners of the village’s decorating and coloring contest. The coloring contest winners become the official tree lighting ambassadors who will pull the candy cane switch to light up the Christmas tree.
This year’s winners are: Wyatt Cloran and Lincoln Thrush, in the age 5 and under category; Eli Thrush and Laura Detweiler, in the age 6-8 category; and Ana Medici, in the age 9-10 category.
There will be plenty of other activities for the families to enjoy, too: The Plain City Public Library will host a gingerbread house decorating workshop. There will be Elves at the florist shop Rooms to Bloom. At Lovejoy’s Plaza, there will be ice sculpting by Rock on Ice where kids can get their name carved in ice.
Santa Claus will be delivered by fire truck to his “magical workshop” at Yoder’s True Value Hardware store by the Pleasant Valley Fire Department. A wagon ride will be available from Lovejoy’s Plaza to Yoder’s Hardware to go see Santa. The kids can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and get photographs taken with him at the same time.
“Last year, the children were lined up about a quarter to five and patiently waited for Santa,” said Bob Merkle, Santa’s helper. “Perry Yoder has free hot chocolate and donuts available while they wait. Rob Brown brings karaoke music for the kids and the adults to sing along too. We enjoy it just as much as the kids do.”
The Plain City Auction House will auction off holiday gifts, decorations with the proceeds going to the Plain City Food Pantry and Uptown Plain City Organization to help with charitable activities.
UPCO has recently added a craft show where vendors will have holiday items, gifts, baked goods for more shopping available at Daily Needs Assistance in the old elementary school located at 340 W. Main St.
“This is an event to come hungry to,” Weaver said. “There will be food everywhere and everything is free unless you are purchasing items from the auction house, craft show or businesses.
“There will be a chance to win two $250 VISA gift cards available at every open house. A lot of businesses are giving away their own gift cards, iPads or gift baskets, too,” Weaver said.
The Plain City Historical Society has a drawing for a 90 second shopping spree at Lovejoy’s Market IGA. Rooms to Bloom is giving away a gift basket plus $100 in cash. Lovejoy’s Market IGA will also be giving away a gift basket.
“The Union County Humane Society is bringing out a few dogs for adoption. There are two ways we are donating to the Humane Society, for every bag of dog food we sell during Christmas Under the Clock we are donating five dollars to them or people can give a cash donation,” said Stacy Carl, communications coordinator for ASE Feed & Supply Store.
“We will have adoptable kittens available at Dr. Lynn Veterinary on Main Street. We have a lot of animals here for adoption,” said Carol Martin for the Union County Humane Society. “If you don’t find what you are looking for, visit us at uchspets.org. Then click on the Facebook symbol and it will show the cats and dogs available.”
The Uptown Plain City Organization’s Christmas Under the Clock will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Bicentennial Park located at Main and Chillicothe street. For more information go to uptownplaincityorg.webs.com. or contact Julie Weaver at (614) 561-3322.