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In an effort to recapture some of its past magic, the annual Christmas on Main Street festival has been moved back to the evening to mimic the event from years ago.
Christmas on Main — sponsored by the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce — is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. and is free for the whole family.
The event will kick off with a parade at 5:30 p.m. featuring the Spencer County High School marching band, emergency personnel, city and county officials, antique tractors, horses and, of course, Santa Claus. Ol’ St. Nick will make his grand entrance in the parade upon an antique fire truck. Parade coordinator Diana Hilbert has worked with Stacy Carmany in planning for a bigger and better parade this year.
This year’s grand marhshals are child cancer survivors from the community.
“After all, Christmas on Main Street is all about the kids and all for the kids,” Hilbert said.
The Taylorsville Elementary School chorus will also be performing before the parade.
Once Santa Claus dismounts from the fire truck, he will move to the Fiscal Court meeting room between the Red Scooter and the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department. Parents can bring their children to see Santa and have a pictured made for free until 8 p.m. Photos will either be mailed or emailed to the families, based upon the family’s preference.
Other various events will be ongoing until 8 p.m. including horse and wagon rides and reindeer games for the children at the Chamber of Commerce building.
Children will have an opportunity to build a wooden toy with the assistance of an adult in the “elves workshop,” which will be located outside barring inclement weather. There will also be free refreshments served in the chamber building and a Christmas tree decorating contest.
Christmas on Main committee co-chair Jan Deigl said some community members had shared that they wanted the festival moved back to the evening.
“We had people that said they had missed the evening and so we thought we’d go back and give it a shot,” she said.
Hilbert said there was initially a conflict with the new evening time at the Tree of Life community choir’s event. The Tree of Life moved its Saturday times to accomodate Christmas on Main.
Hilbert said next year the two groups would coordinate to avoid a scheduling conflict.
“It was definitely not our intention to make it conflict with anyone, especially not a church event,” Hilbert said. “The reason that we couldn’t change the time of the parade was because we had already a lot of people that were confirmed.”
Hilbert said it was important to her that the event get its old magic back.
“I want other children and their families to experience those memories and making their own new ones in our close-knit little family-like community,” she said.
For additional information, contact Hilbert for parade questions at 422-1537 or Deigl at 475-9132.