The 20th Annual Christmas in the Park celebration, produced by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, will officially kick off the holiday season on Friday, December 7 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in City Square Park, Uptown Marion.
This year’s event will feature the traditional activities including the lighting of the community peace tree, live holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides around City Square Park, hot cocoa and popcorn and activities at the Marion Public Library. Most importantly, Christmas in the Park will welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus along with their special reindeer. In addition to the activities happening in the Park, Uptown Marion will also host a shopping event called the Peppermint Walk. A nice compliment to the Chocolate Walk held in the fall, the Peppermint Walk will feature a variety of Uptown Marion businesses.
Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk is a free community event thanks to our Marion Chamber Platinum Community Partners – Farmers State Bank, Fosters Heating and Air Conditioning, Philip’s Diamond Shop & Design Center and St. Luke’s Hospital along with media partner Cumulus Media (104-5 KDAT, 98.1 KHAK, 94.1 KRNA and i107.1).
2012 Schedule of Events – All activities are FREE thanks to our event sponsors
Arrival of Santa Claus
4:00 p.m. – Don’t miss the grand arrival of our special guests by fire truck! Santa, Mrs. Claus and their special reindeer will visit with children from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Peppermint Walk Shopping Event
Visit participating Uptown Marion merchants, restaurants and businesses during this special holiday open house. All of the stores will be decorated with holiday lights, decorations and music. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.marioncc.org.
6:00 p.m. – Officially kick off the festivities with the lighting the Marion Community Peace Tree.
Holiday Music, Hot Cocoa and Popcorn
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Enjoy hot cocoa and fresh popcorn while listening to classic holiday tunes.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Create a special memory with your family by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around City Square Park.
Keep Your Neighbors Warm
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Donate new hats, gloves and blankets to help serve area needy families. Items will be colleted in the Depot and distributed through the Marion Holiday Giving Project.
Holiday Activities at the Library
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Holiday Book Sale –
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Make & Take Craft
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Holiday Tuba Ensemble
All Season – Letters to Santa – Gather your holiday wish list and send it to Santa using the special mailbox located in the Library atrium.
For more information, please visit the Marion Chamber of Commerce website at www.marioncc.org or call 319-377-6316. The mission of the Marion Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership and advocacy to ensure a growing business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Marion.