Markle is Santa’s next stop in county

Siblings Brice (left) and Harleigh Peterson share Santa’s lap during last December’s Christmas in “Our Town” celebration in Markle. Santa and a host of seasonal activities return to Markle for this year’s celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7. TAB file photo.

The community of Markle welcomes the Christmas season with Christmas in "Our Town" on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The day-long celebration includes food, a craft show, a soup supper, horse and buggy rides, live reindeer and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus.

Santa will ride a fire truck into town, arriving at the Markle Church of Christ at 9:30 a.m. for a breakfast in his honor. Santa will be available at the church for photos from 10 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Markle Church of Christ will also host a craft and product show and Cookie Corner, both from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. A children's coloring contest begins at 10 a.m., and a chili cook-off is set for 1 p.m. Concessions, including hot dogs and nachos, will be available all day.

The Markle Church of Christ is located at 455 E. Morse St.

Train rides and live reindeer will be stationed at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, 170 N. Tracy St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be offered and a gift card raffle will be held.

The Markle Library, at 197 E. Morse St., will hold a story and craft time for children at 11 a.m.

Several businesses will hold open houses throughout the day. Markle Exit 286 Antiques, 250 South St., will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tender Gardens, 134 E. Morse St., will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A Christmas Extravaganza will be offered on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Expectations, 193 E. Morse St.

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rick and Jennifer Bower will open their home to the community for a house walk. The Bowers live at 160 N. Miller St., in Markle.

Evening events will take place at the Markle United Methodist Church, 145 W. Morse St., beginning with a soup supper from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Kids Shoppe, where children can shop for Christmas, will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a Cookie Corner open the same times.

Free horse and buggy rides will leave from the Markle United Methodist Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with an organ concert at the church at 7 p.m.