Santa’s next stop in county: Markle’s Christmas in ‘Our Town’ on Saturday

Lucas (left) and Logan Goodrich pose for a picture with Santa during last year’s Christmas in “Our Town” festivities in Markle. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive in Markle on Saturday morning, Dec. 1, to kick off a celebration of the 2012 holiday. TAB file photo.

Santa Claus continues to make his rounds of Huntington County, with the community of Markle next on his list.

The holiday hero will arrive in Markle on Saturday, Dec. 1, riding a fire truck to the Markle Church of Christ - the centerpiece of the Christmas in "Our Town" celebration. Santa is scheduled to make his appearance at 9:30 a.m.

A full day of events throughout the community will celebrate the holiday.

The Markle Church of Christ, located at 455 E. Morse St., will open its doors at 9 a.m. with a couple of events for guests to enjoy while waiting for Santa. A craft and product show and the Cookie Corner both open at 9 a.m. at the church and continue until 2 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Crossroads Pantry, will be served from 9:30 to 10 a.m., and a children's coloring contest begins at 10 a.m. Pictures with Santa, sponsored by Myers Funeral Home, will be available from 10 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase all day at the church, and a chili cook-off will begin at 1 p.m.
Rides on the Reindeer Express train; a chance to meet a live reindeer, miniature horse and bunnies; and refreshments will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon at Markle Health and Rehabilitation, 170 N. Tracy St., Markle.

Craft and story time for children, featuring elves and snowmen, will be offered at 11 a.m. at the Markle Library, 197 E. Morse St.

The Markle Fire Station will host an afternoon of bingo, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. The games are sponsored by iAB financial bank.

Two homes will be featured in a holiday housewalk from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Gerald and Bonnie Dennis will welcome visitors to their home at 3844 W. U.S.-224, Markle, and Cindy Hunter will open the doors to her home at 340 Brickley St., Markle.

The Markle United Methodist Church, at 145 W. Morse St., will host a variety of evening activities. A soup supper will be served from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Cookie Corner will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a Kids' Shoppe - where children can shop for Christmas - open at the same time.

Free horse and buggy rides, sponsored by Novae and I-69 Trailer Center, will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Markle United Methodist Church. To end the day, the church will host an organ concert at 7 p.m.