The Village of Sunbury’s 35th Annual Christmas on the Square Celebration, scheduled for 4:30 to 8 p.m. this coming Saturday (Dec. 3), will feature a 5:30 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade (parade stages at 5 p.m. at Burrer Drive), visits with Santa, Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, a Holiday Open House for Local Merchants around Sunbury Village Square, a Donut Eating Contest, and much more.
Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Fox said parade entries would be taken up until the parade kicks off, but parade participants are encouraged to turn entries in early, allowing the parade announcer time to prepare a script.
For an entry and liability form call 740-965-2860, stop in to the Chamber of Commerce office at 39 East Granville Street in Sunbury, or go to sunburybigwalnutchamber.com. (Click Events > Event List, then scroll down to December 3).
Other evening highlights include a Live Nativity, courtesy of First Baptist Church, and the Sunbury Lions Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale, with proceeds going directly to Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
- Craft & Gift Fair: in the meeting room of the Chamber office.
- Cookie & Candy Contest with proceeds going to Friends Who Share as well as final judging of contestants for the Beard and Mustache Championship at 6:30pm on the second floor of the Town Hall, both sponsored by Forman Realtors.
- Sunbury Lions Club & Big Walnut Leo Club: will be collecting coats on the Square for the Coat Drive.
- Ornament-making at State Farm Insurance on Vernon Street.
- Open House & Art Show: at the Lex Center of Performing Arts featuring artwork from Big Walnut students.
- Open House & Fun Holiday Family Activities: at Bright Beginnings Learning Academy on Commerce Drive next to Eagle Automotive.
- Holiday family photo booth, crafts, games for the little ones, hot chocolate and cider, and a Christmas Tree giveaway at Contract Processing & Title, 62 East Cherry St.
- BWFWS Food Drive with shopping carts provided by Kroger will be on all four corners of the Square
- Free Dance Lessons at Lindas3 on the Square from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and the first 50 visitors get a $25 gift certificate towards custom framing.
- Donut Eating Contest after the tree lighting at approximately p.m. on the Square sponsored and presented by Table Rock Construction. This contest will be held just outside of Table Rock Construction and is open to the first 10 people to register. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and sign a liability waiver. Entry forms are available at the Chamber office or register online.
- Ice Sculpting on the Square from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the Town Hall and decorate Christmas cookies with Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield and his family.
- Take a carriage ride around the Square with Wendy Carpenter and her beautiful team of horses.
- Visit Square businesses that will be hosting individual Open Houses
- Join Mayor Hatfield, Village Administrator Allen Rothermel and Good ‘Ol Saint Nick as they officially light the Village’s Christmas Tree on the Square
In addition to The Sunbury News serving as Media Sponsor for the 2016 Christmas on the Square, additional sponsors include:
Platinum: Premier Dental, Fun-in-the-Jungle, Eagle Auto Repair, St. John Neumann, Bright Beginnings Learning Academy, VFW Post 8736 Diamond: Voss Bros., Creekside Village Apartments, Forman Realtors, MileStone Lane, KeWaPa Sales, Inc., Handwritten Forward, Carol O’ Brian, Delaware County Prosecutor, Ultimate Technologies & Security, Delaware County Bank, Kroger of Sunbury, Great Beginnings, Bry-Air, Mount Carmel, Devore-Snyder Funeral Homes, Anthony Dental, Crum Realty Group, Sunbury Chiropractic, Contract Processing & Title, LLC Gold: State Farm Insurance (Jessica Forman), Big Walnut Printing & Shipping, Nationwide Insurance (Marla Evans), Edward D. Jones Investments, Ellifritz & Associates, Molly’s Flowers & More, Magic Health Insurance, Firehouse Tavern, Sunbury Grille, Wandle & Associates, Sunbury Ace Hardware, American Family Insurance (Jim Hildreth), DJ Meeko Entertainment, Table Rock Construction, Lex Center For Performing Arts, Big Walnut Grille Silver: Big Walnut Area Historical Society, Whitney Insurance, Hickey & Associates, Advertising Products For You, Ruark and Sons, Weidner Antique Mall, Sunbury Cleaners, Buckeye Bleacher Repair, Inc., Sunbury/Galena Rotary Club, Meade & Associates, Lindas3, American Prosperity Group
More information about this year’s Christmas on the Square can be found at < SunburyBigWalnutChamber.com > or call the chamber office at 614-965-2860.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.