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Light Up Downtown is returning to Elizabethtown Saturday evening, but a full plate of festivities are planned throughout the day to help satisfy holiday yearnings.
“They can make a whole day of it,” said Twylane Van Lahr, director of the Brown-Pusey House.
The morning starts with a traditional Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m., sponsored by the Elizabethtown Heritage Council at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church on the Square.
Christy Pritchard, chairwoman of the Heritage Council, said the cost is $5 per plate.
Unlike past years, parents are encouraged to bring cameras and snap pictures of their children with Santa Claus.
Activities then move to the Brown-Pusey House, which hosts its annual Santa’s Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Van Lahr said the event has been held for roughly 15 years and allows children to spend time with family creating Christmas crafts, such as beeswax candles. The cost is $3 per person and admission includes three or four crafts plus refreshments, Van Lahr said.
The Brown-Pusey House is taking bids now for a silent auction on roughly 10 miniature themed Christmas trees, which are sponsored by individuals and organizations. Bidding for auction closes at 4 p.m. Saturday, she said.
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sugar Fashion Cakes hosts the Gingerbread Workshop. Priced at $36 per family, the workshop includes a gingerbread house, a set of gingerbread people and icing and candy to decorate the home. Families can enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas music as they build the house.
Starting at 4:30 p.m., Crossroads Baptist Church hosts a viewing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and have live shepherds and sheep to display as they serve hot chocolate and cookies.
It leads into the city’s annual Christmas parade at 5 p.m., which starts at the former E.W. James & Sons Supermarket parking lot and ends at Central Avenue. This year’s parade has around 30 holiday-themed entries, Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said.
Following the parade, the city hosts the lighting of its Christmas tree and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” from Mayor Edna Berger. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand as The Heartland Fillies lead the community in caroling.
The Heritage Council’s monthly Second Saturday events coincide with the parade from 5 to 8 p.m. as downtown shops stay open late and host Christmas activities, including a live nativity from St. Timothy’s Anglican Church on the Square and kids’ shopping and ornament decoration at the Tacky Palette.
The Historic State Theater presents “The Polar Express” at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of its Christmas film series. Movie tickets are $3 and guests are encouraged to wear pajamas.
During Second Saturday, visitors can have holiday passports punched at nine of the 14 participating businesses to enter a drawing for a gift basket that will be announced Sunday on the Second Saturday Facebook page. Passport forms will be available at participating vendors the day of the event and can be found at the Second Saturday Facebook page.
“I think we have put together one of the best Christmas (celebrations) in a long time,” Pritchard said.
Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@