Take in Olde Tyme Christmas

This weekend is the perfect time to find out exactly what downtown Vandalia has to offer, and have an enjoyable time doing it.
The holiday season gets off to an early start this Friday night and Saturday with Olde Tyme Christmas.
The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Association and Vandalia Tourism Commission have joined together to offer the event, which includes the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club's annual Christmas parade.
The Friday activities also include the very popular Soroptimist International of Vandalia Cookie Walk, visits with Santa and a story time at 6 p.m.
Also planned for Friday evening are live reindeer, Santa's Elves, the Grinch, a live nativity scene, chestnut roasting and the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department chili supper.
The weekend schedule also includes the return of music provided by Chimemasters and tours of the Vandalia Statehouse and National Road Interpretive Center.
Numerous vendors will be lined up along Gallatin Streets, and downtown merchants will have on display holiday items and Christmas gifts for all ages.
So, head downtown this weekend to get in the holiday spirit and get a good jump on your holiday shopping.

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