Lots of activities await both young and old at ‘Christmas in Our Town’

Santa Claus hands out candy canes to brothers (from front) Brant Perl, Blake Perl and Chase Perl during the Christmas in Our Town event last year in Markle. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 2.
Santa Claus hands out candy canes to brothers (from front) Brant Perl, Blake Perl and Chase Perl during the Christmas in Our Town event last year in Markle. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. TAB file photo

Lots of activities await Christmas revelers both young and older in Markle Saturday and Sunday, as Christmas in Our Town kicks off the holiday season.

Markle’s Christmas Lights Contest will illuminate the town, with voting by the public for the best displays, going on until Saturday, Dec. 2.

First prize is $75, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25. Votes can be cast at Town Hall or by emailing utilityclerk@markleindiana.com.

Luminaries will also be displayed in downtown Markle to light the evenings.

Highlights of the festival include:

Saturday, Dec. 2
• The Christmas parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Markle Fire Station, corner of Lee and Sparks streets, with Santa Claus making his official arrival at the All Your Expectations Event Center, 193 E. Morse St.

• Santa and Mrs. Claus will have breakfast at the All Your Expectations Event Center and visit with children from 9:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to hear their Christmas wishes. Kids can also create a craft, sponsored by Markle United Methodist Church and decorate cookies by Nadean’s Cakes.

• Hot chocolate will be served from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Park, sponsored by Markle Health & Rehabilitation, and at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Town Building, sold by the Markle Historical Society.

• Children ages 10 and younger are invited to visit First Merchants Bank, 180 Morse St., between 9 a.m. and noon for cookies, hot chocolate and a free gift.

• Kids Shop will be open at Markle United Methodist Church, 145 W. Morse St., from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Kids 13 and under can purchase gifts, with free gift wrapping available.

• Camel and pony rides as well as a petting zoo will be located at Mill Park, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Kids can participate in a special activity at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, at 155 W. Sparks St., starting at 10:30 a.m.

• Revelers can perform feats of derring-do involve splashing into the water for the festival’s Polar Plunge at Markle Pool.

Registration takes place at 11 a.m. and jump-in is at noon. There is a cost for the event. Proceeds will benefit Markle families at Christmastime.

• A soup supper will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Markle United Methodist Church.

• Carriage rides will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting at Markle United Methodist Church, traveling through town and back.

• A live nativity scene will be on display from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Ind.-3 and Ind.-116, sponsored by TurnPointe Community Church.

• A Christmas organ concert and sing-along will begin at 7 p.m. at Markle United Methodist Church. Markle organist Joyle Allen will be leading some favorite Christmas songs.

Sunday, Dec. 3
• Family Movie Night begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m. at Markle United Methodist Church. The movie “Elf” will be shown.

Shoppers can enjoy a craft bazaar, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at All Your Expectations Event Center. Decorated business Christmas trees will also be on display both days at the center.

In addition, various Markle businesses will open their doors for holiday open houses on both Saturday and Sunday with refreshments and special deals available. Participating businesses include Roscoe’s Diner, The Pickle, Nadean’s Cakes-Cookies-Catering, Mazie’s Flowers & Gifts and Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall.

Additional sponsors of the festival include Just Taxes, Myers Funeral Home, I-69 Trailer Center, The Ingredient Exchange, First Merchants Bank, Crossroads Pantry and MSM Transport.

More information on the festival is available at the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.