Olde Tyme Christmas is this weekend

The holiday season kicks off in Vandalia this weekend with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas observance.

Olde Tyme Christmas, presented by the Vandalia Tourism Commission, gets under way on Friday night with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets at 5 p.m., followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club’s Christmas Parade.
The event continues on Friday night with:
• A holiday story time at Evans Public Library at 6 p.m.
• Chimemasters mobile carillon music at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
• Live carolers at the Madonna of the Trail statue (or on the Statehouse portico in the event of rain) at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• Live nativity scene at Fifth and Gallatin streets.
• Live reindeer on Gallatin Street next to Vandalia City Hall.
• Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m.
• Vandalia Fire Department chili supper at the fire hall.
• Soroptimist International of Vandalia Cookie Walk.
• Vandalia Wall Dogs Mural Committee sales of cookies, with recipes attached, at the Vandalia Mural Shop, three doors west of Fifth and Gallatin streets.
• Vendors, crafters, bake sales, etc.
• National Road Interpretive Center tours.
• The Grinch, Sugar Plum Fairies, Santa’s Elves and “Frozen” characters roaming Gallatin Street.
On Saturday, Olde Tyme Christmas continues with:
• Chimemasters carillon.
• Santa and Mrs. Claus.
• Live reindeer.
• National Road Interpretive Center tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Fayette County Museum is open.
• Kettle corn.
• In-store merchant sales.

City employees Mark Tessman, James Jackson and Mark Etcheson decorate the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets in preparation for Olde Tyme Christmas this weekend in downtown Vandalia.

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