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9th Annual Orleans Christmas On The Square Is Saturday

Last updated on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

(ORLEANS) - The 9th Annual Orleans Christmas on the Square is set for Saturday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Historic Congress Square (town park) downtown.

The family fun holiday event is sponsored by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce

At 5:15 p.m. the Santa Hat Run/Walk will step off. All ages are welcome to participate. Bring your Santa Hat. Those participating are to meet near the bandstand.

The popular Children's Christmas Funtime Express train ride is returning and will provide free rides around the decorated historic Congress Square.

Live holiday entertainment is planned throughout the evening including special performances by the Orleans High School Band under the direction of Mr. Terry Burton.

There will be a live Nativity telling the traditional Christmas Story, sponsored by the Orleans Ministerial Association. The Nativity will be set up on the west side of the Town Square and adjacent to the Orleans United Methodist Church.

There will be Horse and Carriage rides, weather permitting. Rides will leave from Chamber Welcome Center, located on the north side of the square.

Santa Claus arrives downtown that evening via the town's restored 1926 Peter Pirsch Firetruck at around 5 p.m. at the historic decorated picturesque bandstand and the official town Christmas Tree.

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take their children's picture with Santa.

Free "Postcards to Santa" are available from the Chamber Welcome Center, located on the north side of the square. Santa's Mailbox is located in front of the Chamber office.

A number of vendors are expected to be set up inside the park area that evening including Tri Kappa and the Junior Class After Prom Committee who will be offering homemade holiday goodies for purchase. Mt Pleasant Baptist Church will also have a hospitality tent set up in the park.

The Orleans Public Library will be hosting an acoustic winter themed Jam Session in conjunction with the many festivities planned in the square. Interested persons are welcome to gather around the Library's fireplace located on the main floor and listen to music while sipping on coffee and hot chocolate provided by the library staff. All styles of music are welcome. For more details contact the Library at 812-865-3270. No sign-up required.

For more event information contact the Orleans Chamber, 812-865-9930, or visit www.historicorleans.com

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