Plain City’s 18th annual Christmas Under the Clock celebration is set for this Saturday, Dec. 7. After a tree lighting ceremony, families will have the opportunity to visit Santa and watch local performances while they shop throughout the Uptown area. Pictured above, residents brave last year’s rainy weather to watch the Jonathan Alder Majorettes perform during the 2018 event. (Photo submitted)
Plain City is embracing the holiday spirit as it prepares for several upcoming Christmas celebrations.
The 18th annual Christmas Under the Clock will take place this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. The following Friday, Dec. 13, the village will host Santa in the Park from 6-8:30 p.m.
Julie Weaver, of the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO), said Christmas Under the Clock will feature many of the usual traditions, in hopes to appeal to all ages.
“It’s a really fun event for everyone,” she said.
Weaver said one of the highlights of the evening will be the tree lighting ceremony. A group of children ages 10 and under were able to enter a contest to be named one of the “tree-lighting pixies,” who will help light up the tree.
Afterward, Weaver said a variety of performers will entertain the crowd throughout the night.
She said the starlight twirlers, a band of musicians from Jonathan Alder High School and local musicians leading sing-alongs will perform.
There will also be live music at Lovejoy’s Plaza, along with Rock on Ice live ice sculpting and chicken and noodles provided by UPCO. Roasted chestnuts will also be available for attendees to taste.
During the evening, children will have an opportunity to visit Santa Claus. Weaver said there will be a wagon ride along Main Street that will take families directly to Old Saint Nick.
Families can also shop locally for gifts throughout the event.
Weaver said most of the Uptown businesses along Main Street and Jefferson Avenue will host open houses. Attendees can stop in for hot chocolate, coffee and snacks at different stores. Several stores will also host raffles and hand out prizes, according to Weaver.
The event will also offer a couple opportunities to give to a local charity.
Weaver said Daily Needs Assistance (DNA), which provides help to vulnerable populations in Plain City, will host a craft fair to raise funds for the organization.
Additionally, the Girl Scouts and Plain City Police Department will team up to host “Cram the Cruiser.” Those in attendance are welcome to bring a new, unwrapped toy (for ages birth-17 years old), monetary donation or gift card to help local families during the holiday season. All donations will be distributed by DNA.
“There’s a lot to do,” Weaver said. “It’s only three hours long and you can eat that up so fast.”
But, if families haven’t gotten their fill, they can attend Santa in the Park the next week.
Linda Granger, Director of Parks and Recreation, said the free event offers plenty of activities for families.
She said Santa will be in the Youth Building at Pastime Park, where children can have their picture taken with him.
There will also be live reindeer at the park, as well as some of Santa’s favorite snacks, including cookies, hot chocolate and coffee.
Children will also have an opportunity to make “magic reindeer food” to take home.
Granger said those in attendance are asked to bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate to charity, if able.
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