Special Events & Festivals

Christmas crafting


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bridgette Metz (left) gets some help from Marcus McCord on a Christmas craft project at the Andrews Christmas Celebration on Saturday evening, Dec. 12, at the Andrews Town Hall. The free event, sponsored by the Andrews Summer Festival Committee, included photos with Santa, refreshments, a bake sale and Music by Chase.

Everyone loves Santa Claus


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mary Snyder, 88, of Andrews, tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas on Saturday night, Dec. 12, at the Andrews Christmas Celebration at the Andrews Town Hall. The Andrews Summer Festival Committee sponsored the free celebration, which included photos with Santa, children's crafts, refreshments, a bake sale and an ugly sweater contest.

Andrews Christmas Celebration Saturday, Dec. 12, in town hall

The Andrews Summer Festival Committee will host its annual Christmas Celebration Saturday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Andrews Town Hall.

This is the second time that the Andrews Summer Festival Committee will be hosting the event.

“Everybody does their own thing,” said committee member Kathy Gamble. “The fire department does Halloween, so we figured this would be our job.”
Gamble says the Christmas Celebration had a great turnout last year, and that she predicts the same for this year.

Zanesville churches, Lions Club to have several Christmas events

Zanesville Community Church of God will have a traditional Christmas dinner served by the Church of God ladies on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. The main course will be ham with vegetables, salads, desserts and drinks.

There will be a free will offering taken, which will go to H.O.P.E. Closet for supplies for those who need them.

Tough decision


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Maxine Firnhaver, of Huntington, checks out some of the decorated trees before casting her votes in the Christmas at the Forks fund-raiser at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5.

Handmade Market


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Looking over ornaments at the Handmade Market at the Christmas in Our Town celebration in Markle on Saturday, Dec. 5, are (from left) Vonell Prrsifull, of Ossian; Lucas Welch, of Ossian; and Jenny Welch, of Ossian.

Let's see ...


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kylee Nevius (left), 8, of Markle, sits on Santa's lap and tells him what she wants for Christmas during the Christmas in Our Town event on Saturday, Dec. 5. She is the daughter of Chris and Anmber Nevius.

Serious discussion


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

David Gerber (right), 8, of Fort Wayne, is also business as he tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas during the Christmas in Our Town celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Present from Santa


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Santa Claus (right) passes out candy canes to Sophia Mason (left), 5, and her brother, Noah Mason, 2, during the Christimas in Out Town event on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Markle.

It's all good


Photo by Steve Clark.

Young Wyatt Shockney even has fun with the ribbon of a small gift during the Christmas in the Village event in Roanoke on Friday night, Dec. 4.

A moment with Santa


Photo by Steve Clark.

Grace McClellan (left) sits on Santa's lap and tells him and Mrs. Claus what she would like for this Christmas during the Christmas in the Village celebration in downtown Roanoke on Friday night, Dec. 4.

Greeting the crowd


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus greets a crowd of children awaiting his arrival in downtown Roanoke on Friday night, Dec. 4, as part of the Christmas in the Village celebration.

Santa arrives in Roanoke


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus (right) and Mrs. Claus arrive in Roanoke via fire engine on Friday night, Dec. 4, to start the Christmas in the Village celebration.

Arrival of Santa kicks off Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village Dec. 4-5

Chloe North, 8, of Roanoke (left) tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas at the Roanoke Public Library during the 2014 Christmas in the Village event in Roanoke. This year’s celebration is set for Dec. 4 and 5.
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The arrival of Santa Claus kicks off Christmas in the Village, a Christmas event in Roanoke running from Friday, Dec. 4, to Saturday, Dec. 5.

St. Nick will roll into town in grand fashion, riding a fire truck to the Roanoke Public Library, with his arrival set for 6 p.m. on Friday. Before entering the library, Santa will sing Christmas carols with the crowd and then lead the lighting of the town lights.

Markle Christmas in ‘Our Town’ this weekend

Earlynn Worster (left), of Markle, discusses products for sale with Nadean Brown in Nadean’s Bake Shop in downtown Markle during the 2014 Christmas in “Our Town” celebration. This year’s event will be held on Dec. 5 and 6.
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The small town of Markle is doing up Christmas in a big way, with its Christmas in “Our Town” celebration kicking off the holiday month on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6. Activities include shopping, a live nativity scene and breakfast with Santa.

Event organizer Linda Beck of the Markle Chamber of Commerce says the excitement over the festival has increased this year with some new events on the schedule.

Annual Christmas at Forks set for Dec. 5-6

Members of the Kilsoquah Hands of Friendship Club gather to add decorations to one of the trees that will be featured in the Historic Forks of the Wabash Christmas Tree Walk, set for Dec. 5 and 6. Pictured are (front, from left) Janet Perkins and Shirley Brown; and (back, from left) Carol Strickler, Dale Rice and Cindy Rice of Deal-Rice Funeral Home, the sponsors of the tree.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Forks of the Wabash Historic Park will present its 11th annual Christmas at the Forks on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.

Festivities kick off Saturday morning with Breakfast with Santa, sponsored and served by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club. Pancakes and sausages will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Chief Richardville Room in the Forks museum. Children may visit with Santa and families are encouraged to bring cameras.

Helping with the story


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Emma Richard (left) helps Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters read a Christmas story to children gathered inside the Huntington Metronet office on Saturday, Nov. 28, during the annual Christmas in the City celebration in downtown Huntington.

Reindeer in downtown Huntington


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mariah Waters pets a reindeer in downtown Huntington on Saturday morning, Nov. 28, during the annual Christmas in the City celebration.

Puppy on her list


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Hallie Kinsey (left) tells Santa and Mrs. Claus that she wants a puppy at the annual Christmas in the City celebration in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28. Santa listened to Christmas wishes at Giggabuggy.

Santa brings out the smiles


Photo by Steve Clark.

Hayden Yeiter (right) is all smiles as he tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas on Friday evening, Nov. 27, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren as part of the Winter Warrenland event.

Now let me see ...


Photo by Steve Clark.

Ava Green (right) reflects on what she wants for Christmas as she sits with Santa Claus at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren on Friday evening as part of the Winter Warrenland event.

Christmas events get rolling this weekend in heart of Huntington

There are several Christmas activities that families can enjoy right in the heart of Huntington, beginning with the Downtown Business Association’s annual “Christmas in the City” celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Christmas in the City”
Rebecca Hanson, president of the DBA, says the day is in correlation with Small Business Saturday.

“It’s a way to kick off the Christmas season, but also a way to support and promote the small businesses downtown,” she says.

Santa arrives in Warren on Friday night

Tucker Mann thinks through his wish list with Santa Claus at the Knight Bergman Center, in Warren, on Nov. 28, 2014. Santa will arrive in Warren this year on Friday, Nov. 27, and supervise the lighting of the town Christmas tree before settling in at the KBC to hear Christmas wishes.
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The Christmas lights will come to life when Santa Claus arrives in Warren Friday evening, Nov. 27.

The Warren Fire Department will give Santa an escort as he arrives in the center of town aboard a decorated horse-drawn wagon at 6 p.m. He’s scheduled to arrive at the town Christmas tree, outside the Town Hall at 132 N. Nancy St., at 6 p.m.

Santa will spend about a half-hour at the tree, greeting the youngsters and handing out candy before he oversees the lighting of the town tree.

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza


Photo by Steve Clark.

Ann Richard (left), co-owner of Giggabuggy, puts the finishing touches on a custom ornament for customer Angie Garcia at the third annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza, overseen by Love in the Name of Christ and Upward Sports and held in Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 21. Love INC and Upward Sports split proceeds from the event.

I’ve got this …


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Boy Scout Jakob Miller, 14, of Troop 637, hoists a tree off the delivery truck at the Scout Cabin, home of the Huntington Lions Club, on Saturday, Nov. 21. The scout troop unloads the Christmas trees each year for the sale as part of its service project. Jakob is the son of Mike Miller, of Huntington.

Horse-drawn wagon rides


Photo by Steve Clark.

JD Walters provided horse-drawn wagon rides in downtown Warren as part of the Warren Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk on Friday evening, Nov. 20. Visitors got to judge 24 Christmas trees and could visit in more than 30 businesses and churches, where they could find holiday threats and special deals.

Train ride in downtown Warren


Photo by Steve Clark.

Free children's train rides in downtown Warren were among the features of the Warren Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk in the town on Friday night, Nov. 20. More than 30 businesses and churches opened their doors to visitors, offering holiday goodies and special deals.

Special tree


Photo by Steve Clark.

Josilyn Kelsey looks over a decorated Christmas tree inside a snowman during the Warren Festival of Trees and Holiday Wlak in downtown Warren on Friday night, Nov. 20. Onlookers got to vote for their favorite trees from among 24 at the festival, which also featured holiday treats, a children's train ride, a wagon ride and special deals from the Warren merchants.

Checking out the tree


Photo by Steve Clark.

Kodi Elliot (left) points out a detail on a Christmas tree to her young daughter, Keeli, during the Warren Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk in downtown Warren on Friday night, Nov. 20.

Treats on the Warren Holiday Walk


Photo by Steve Clark.

Deb Boepple (left) hands Connor Karst a Rice Krispie Treat while Karst's father, Nick, looks on at PNC Bank during the Warren Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk on Friday night, Nov. 20, in downtown Warren. More than 30 businesses and churches opened their doors to visitors, offering holiday goodies and special deals during the event.

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