The holiday season kicks into high gear in Fayette County this weekend with a number of activities.
Christmas in St. Elmo
St. Elmo’s annual holiday event on Friday evening gets under way with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Fourth and Main streets at 6 p.m.
The evening includes music, carriage rides, food and a gift certificate drawing, and Santa will be available for photos.
Breakfast with Santa
Soroptimist International of Vandalia bring back a popular holiday event this Saturday morning.
A Pancake Breakfast with Santa will be held at St. James Lutheran Church atop the Gallatin Street hill from 8-10 a.m., ending just prior to the start of the Rotary Christmas Parade.
The event will include breakfast, children’s activities and photos with Santa.
Admission is $5 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Rotary Christmas Parade
The Vandalia Rotary Club’s annual Christmas parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday atop the Gallatin Street hill.
The parade travels east on Gallatin to Fourth Street, where Santa gets out of his carriage and walks to Lincoln Park. There, Santa will meet with local children until about 11:30 a.m.
For more information about participating in the parade, contact Steve Ainscough at First National Bank in Vandalia, 283-1141 or 283-5256.
Happy Hollow Farms, located east and south of Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo, will hold “Country Christmas” from 4-8 p.m. both this Friday and Friday, Dec. 8.
The event will include tours of Christmas trees decorated by local not-for-profit groups. A silent auction for those trees is being held, with the proceeds going to the not-for-profit groups.
Also planned are wagon rides, Christmas carols, holiday treats and visits by Santa.
Admission is $1 or a non-perishable food item from each person, with the proceeds benefiting the Fayette County Food Pantry.
Hoover Tree Farms will have Christmas trees and wreaths available during the event.
For more information about the event, or participating in it, contact Lindsay Lash at 292-0984.
Mad Dogs Christmas Party
The Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club will hold its 29th annual Christmas party and auction at its clubhouse in Vera.
Admission is $5 or a new, unwrapped toy.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and music by “Crazy Horse” begins at 8 p.m.
The party and auction benefits the Toys for Tots program at Arthur Young Inc., with all donations being presented to Fayette County Caring and Sharing.
‘The Heart of Christmas’
Brownstown First Christian Church will host the showing of “The Heart of Christmas” at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, contact Jamie Smith at 322-5027.