Special Events & Festivals

Cookie decorating


Photo by Steve Clark.

Wesley DeLeo works hard on decorating his Christmas cookie just right at the Andrews Municipal Building on Saturday, Dec. 16, during a visit to the town by Santa Claus. The Andrews Summer Festival brought the Jolly Old Elf into town, and children got to visit and decorate cookies and ornaments.

Photo with Santa


Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophia Daniel is all smiles as she waits for her photo to be taken with Santa Claus at the Andrews Municipal Building on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Andrews Summer Festival Committee brought Santa into town, and children got to visit and decorate Christmas cookies and ornaments.

Santa visits Kids Kampus


Photo by Steve Clark.

Laura Hursey (right), of Pathfinder Kids Kampus, encourages Charlotte Johnson to warm up to Santa Claus during a visit he paid to the Huntington childcare facility on Monday, Dec. 11.

Camel ride in Markle


Photo by Steve Clark.

Evan Wall (right), of Hoosier Camel Encounter, leads (from left) Deidre Gray, Briar Buckland and Esther Gray on a camel ride on Saturday, Dec. 2, during Christmas in Our Town festivities in Markle.

Mmm ...


Photo by Steve Clark.

Deb Princell (right) selects cookies to purchase with grandson Wyatt Berry at the Markle United Methodist Church cookie sale, held at the church on Saturday, Dec. 2, as part of the community’s Christmas in Our Town festivities.

Gift for a family member


Photo by Steve Clark.

Derek Lenwell addresses a gift to a family member in the Markle United Methodist Church’s gift-wrapping shop on Saturday, Dec. 2, during the community-wide holiday celebration, Christmas in Our Town.

Talking to the llittle ones


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus holds Emma Quickery on his knee in the Roanoke Public Library on Friday, Dec. 1. Santa and Mrs. Claus spent the evening listening to the Christmas wishes of the community’s children as part of Christmas in the Village.

All smiles


Photo by Steve Clark.

Children and their families are all smiles as Santa Claus arrives at the Roanoke Public Library on Friday, Dec. 1, as part of Christmas in the Village. Santa and Mrs. Claus took seats in the library and listened to children’s Christmas wishes.

Clauses arrive in Roanoke


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Roanoke Public Library via firetruck on Friday, Dec. 1, to kick off the community’s two-day holiday celebration, Christmas in the Village.

Sounds of Christmas


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Children’s Choir of Huntington County sing Christmas carols following the lighting of Sunken Gardens on Sunday evening, Nov. 26.

Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village set for Dec. 1-2

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus listen to the Christmas wishes of Anna Screeton (left) and sister Zoe during Christmas in the Village in the Roanoke Public Library last year. Christmas in the Village will take place this year Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2.
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Before Santa Claus makes his way down chimneys in Roanoke, he’ll be making his way down Main Street.

The arrival of Kris Kringle in the community on Friday evening, Dec. 1, will signal the start of Christmas in the Village, a two-day event featuring opportunities to meet Santa, purchase one-of-a-kind gifts at craft shows, enter a drawing for a $400 shopping spree and much more.

Lots of activities await both young and old at ‘Christmas in Our Town’

Santa Claus hands out candy canes to brothers (from front) Brant Perl, Blake Perl and Chase Perl during the Christmas in Our Town event last year in Markle. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 2.
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Lots of activities await Christmas revelers both young and older in Markle Saturday and Sunday, as Christmas in Our Town kicks off the holiday season.

Markle’s Christmas Lights Contest will illuminate the town, with voting by the public for the best displays, going on until Saturday, Dec. 2.

First prize is $75, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25. Votes can be cast at Town Hall or by emailing utilityclerk@markleindiana.com.

Luminaries will also be displayed in downtown Markle to light the evenings.

Lots of activities await both young and old at ‘Christmas in Our Town’

Santa Claus hands out candy canes to brothers (from front) Brant Perl, Blake Perl and Chase Perl during the Christmas in Our Town event last year in Markle. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 2.
TAB file photo

Lots of activities await Christmas revelers both young and older in Markle Saturday and Sunday, as Christmas in Our Town kicks off the holiday season.

Markle’s Christmas Lights Contest will illuminate the town, with voting by the public for the best displays, going on until Saturday, Dec. 2.

First prize is $75, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25. Votes can be cast at Town Hall or by emailing utilityclerk@markleindiana.com.

Luminaries will also be displayed in downtown Markle to light the evenings.

Santa to be at Hgtn. Twp. Fire Station

Community members are invited to visit with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Huntington Township Fire Station.

The event is free and all ages are welcome to take part in snacks, crafts and photos.

The fire station is at 939 N. Broadway, Huntington.

Spilling to Santa


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus listen to a Christmas wish from Evalyn Dolby at the LaFontaine Center on Friday evening, Nov. 24, after the Rotary Christmas lights illumination in downtown Huntington. Children and parents participated in a glow parade from the lights to the center.

Singalong


Photo by Steve Clark.

Tina Bobilya, event volunteer, leads a Christmas singalong before the lighting of the Rotary Park Christmas lights in downtown Huntington on Friday evening, Nov. 24.

Everybody wants to spend time with Santa


Photo by Steve Clark.

Steve Yoder (right), superintendent of parks and recreation for Huntington City Services, greets Santa Claus before the lighting of the Rotary Park Christmas lights in downtown Huntington on Friday evening, Nov. 24.

Meeting the Big Man


Photo by Steve Clark.

Santa Claus greets a pair of admirers before the lighting of the Christmas lights at Rotary Park in downtown Huntington on Friday evening, Nov. 24. Following the lighting, children and parents participated in a glow parade down to the LaFontaine Center to meet with Santa.

I want a chainsaw ...


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three-year-old Malcolm Voght (right) tells Santa Claus he wants a chainsaw for Christmas so he can cut wood with his grandfather during the Winter Warrenland activity at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren on Friday night, Nov. 24. After arriving in town on a fire truck and greeting admirers, Santa lit the town Christmas tree and then heard wishes at the KBC.

A little help here, please


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Parker Stroud (left) gets some help from his grandmother, Marcia Stroud (second left), as he selects a cookie from a refreshment table tended by Joan Boyer (third from left) and Deb Baker on Friday night, Nov. 24, at the Winter Warrenland activity at the Knight Bergman Center.

Please, Santa


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Leland Heath (right) talks to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Knight Bergman Center on Friday evening, Nov. 24, during Winter Warrenland. Santa arrived downtown by fire truck, lit the town Christmas tree and then heard Christmas wishes while hot drinks and cookies were served inside the KBC.

Santa arrives in Warren


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Santa and Mrs. Claus greet the crowd gathered to meet them in downtown Warren as the pair arrive Friday evening, Nov. 24 by fire truck for Winter Warrenland. After greeting admirers and using Christmas magic to light the town Christmas tree, the pair headed to the Knight Bergman Center to hear Christmas wishes.

Santa Claus to make first official stop in Huntington County Friday in Warren

Santa Claus, shown here on his arrival in Warren last year, will arrive in the town Friday evening, Nov. 24, and kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.
TAB file photo.

The community of Warren will welcome Santa Claus on Friday, Nov. 24, and kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.

Santa, riding in a horse-drawn wagon escorted by the Warren Volunteer Fire Department, is set to arrive on Friday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.

His first stop will be outside the Warren Town Hall at 132 N. Wayne St., where he’ll spend a few minutes greeting the people who have come out to meet him. After overseeing the lighting of the tree, he’ll lead the crowd down 2nd Street to the Knight Bergman Center at 132 N. Nancy St.

Putting together Thanksgiving in Andrews


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rachelle Slater (left) and Ann Rethlake help get food packaged up as part of the Andrews Community Helpers Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Unloading trees


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Boy Scout Jordan Rockey unloads a Christmas tree from the back of a semi in the rain at the Lions grounds on West Park Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Lions annually sell Christmas trees as a fund-raiser.

Checking out the trees


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Admiring a Christmas tree decorated by Citizens Telephone at the Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees in downtown Warren on Friday, Nov. 17, are (from left) Valerie Woodmansee, of Converse; Sandy McCoy, of LaFontaine; and Cheryl Pike, of Kokomo.

A scritch for the donkey


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lincoln Stivers pets a donkey at a petting zoo sponsored by T.D. Wall Inc. at the Warren Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees on Friday night, Nov. 17, in downtown Warren.

Soup for the Arts


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Marcella Winters (left), of the Warren Creative Arts Outreach, dishes some soup to Jim Sparks, of Rock Creek Township, during Soup for the Arts, a fund-raiser for the group at the Knight Bergman Center as a part of the Warren Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees on Friday night, Nov. 17.

Commemorating Parker


Photo by Steve Clark.

Rachel Zahm (left) and Emily Goedesky unveil a statue of their father, Thomas Aquinas Parker, at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park during the Huntington Veterans Day Program on Saturday, Nov. 11. Parker was a Navy corpsman from Huntington County who died in the Vietnam War. His body was never recovered. The $70,000 statue was funded through gifts and in-kind donations.

Christmas season arrives in Warren with Fest of Trees, Walk

The Christmas season arrives in Warren Friday evening, Nov. 17, with the community’s traditional Festival of Trees and Holiday Walk.
This year, the event has expanded to include a soup supper and gingerbread house contest, both sponsored by the newly-organized Warren Creative Arts Outreach.

Thirty-three trees, decorated by businesses, organizations and individuals, will be on display throughout the downtown Warren area from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite trees, and Miss Warren 2017 Sarah Jones will select one tree to receive the Queen’s Choice award.

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