Special Events & Festivals

Markle’s annual Christmas in Our Town returns this weekend, Dec. 6-7

An excited Elias Adkins tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas last year at the Markle Fire Station during Markle’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas in Our Town. This year’s event happens Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.
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Markle’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas In Our Town, returns with two days of activities on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.

On Friday, Veterans Park in downtown Markle will be a hub of activity. Carriage rides by Sentimental Journeys will be offered at the park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Spectators will be able to check out a live nativity, on display from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to check out a candy cane café at the park, open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Merry Christmas


Photo by Steve Clark.

A recreation of the Wolf & Dessauer Merry Christmas wreath shines brightly upon being illuminated at the Sunken Gardens lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Huntington. The wreath is a replica of the one that was constructed in 1937 and lit up Sunken Gardens from 1998 to 2017. A local group, the Wreath Committee, raised funds for the replica, which was constructed at Huntington Sheet Metal.

Christmas starts big in Roanoke with Christmas in Village Dec. 6-7

Kaytlin Barry (right), 7, of Roanoke, gets a high-five from Santa Claus for being a good girl during the past year, as Mrs. Claus watches during Breakfast with Santa at Cornerstone Alliance Church last year. The church will again hold the event as part of Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village celebration, on Saturday, Dec. 7.
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Christmastime will officially begin in a big way in downtown Roanoke, starting Friday, Dec. 6, with Christmas in the Village from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bringing the entire family to Main Street is highly encouraged, as villagers welcome the arrival of Santa Claus at 6 p.m., atop his new-fangled “sleigh,” a fire truck courtesy of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. He’ll stroll to the former Town Hall, where children can meet with him and visit with reindeer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Entertaining at Christmas in the City


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Lime City Brass perform Christmas music outside of the Dream Center Thrift Store on Saturday, Nov. 30, during the Christmas in the City celebration in downtown Huntington. The band is made up of (from left) Brandon Riggle, Dam Riecke, Matthew Hoagland and Michael Tome.

Gingerbread twins


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Porsche Fernsler (left) and her daughter Erica Fernsler, of Huntington, become gingerbread twins in downtown Huntington during the Christmas in the City cleebration on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Petting zoo at Christmas in City


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Feeding a goat at the petting zoo at the Christmas in the City celebration in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 30, are (front to back) Amaya Sellers, Ayanna Sellers and Ryan Sellers, all of Wabash.

Baby's first Christmas


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mason Van Ness, just three days old, gets to be the first child on Santa Claus' lap at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 30, as part of the Christmas in the City celebration in downtown Huntington. The baby is the son of Mykell and Lindsey Van Ness.

Santa Claus set for Warren Friday night

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are greeted by children and their adults upon arriving in Warren on one of the town’s fire trucks last Christmas. The Clauses will make their annual pre-holiday trip to Warren this Friday night, Nov. 29.
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Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus at “Winter Warrenland” on Friday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. in Warren.

Kris Kringle will arrive in town atop a horse-drawn wagon at 6 p.m. He’ll be escorted by the Warren Fire Department. His first order of business will be greeting the children and adults there to see him. After exchanging pleasantries, he will use some holiday magic to illuminate the town’s Christmas tree, located at 132 N. Wayne St.

Much to do throughout Huntington’s downtown for ‘Christmas in the City’

Santa Claus waves from the ladder of a Huntington Fire Department truck as he officially arrives in town during last year’s Christmas in the City event. Hundreds of people turned out at Rotary Park downtown to greet him and watch the lighting of the electronic Christmas tree at the park’s fountain.  This year’s event happens Saturday, Nov. 30.
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The Downtown Business Association presents “Christmas in the City” on Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Huntington with lots of family-oriented activities throughout three blocks on Jefferson Street.

The event highlights the arrival of Santa Claus to officiate lighting up the city for the holidays.

Streets will be closed downtown starting at 2 p.m. Saturday for the celebration.

Christmas village display

Kim Thiele (left) and Kim Nedberg participate in a scavenger hunt involving the Christmas village at the Brooks Family Christmas Village display at the Warren United Church of Christ as part of the Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees in Warren on Friday night, Nov. 22.

Christmas music


Photo by Steve Clark.

Singer Tab Beechler performs at Riverside Park on Friday night, Nov. 22, as part of the Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees in Warren.

Soup for the Arts


Photo by Steve Clark.

Cheryl DeWeese (left) serves up a bottle of water to Christa Pearson at the Soup for the Arts put on by the Warren Creative Arts Outreach at the Knight Bergman Center on Friday, Nov. 22, during the Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees in Warren.

Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees set for Warren Friday eve

Jarrod Hahn, of Keystone, checks over the cornstalk Christmas Tree made by employees of Nutrien Ag Solutions of Warren at the Holiday Walk & Festival of Trees in downtown Warren last year. A record 41 trees will be on display at this year’s event on Friday night, Nov. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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The town of Warren will be getting in the Christmas spirit with its annual Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees, set for Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Forty-one decorated Christmas trees and 17 gingerbread houses will be located throughout town at businesses and churches. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite trees and houses in three categories: adult organization/business, youth organization and individual/family. Tree maps and ballots will be available.

Patriotic tunes


Photo by Steve Clark.

Singer/pianist Stephanie Shultz performs for Heritage Pointe of Huntington residents during the assisted living facility’s Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11. Shultz performed a variety of patriotic tunes for the audience, which included several veterans.

Letter from a serviceman


Photo by Steve Clark.

Patricia Jacobs, an eighth-grade teacher at Riverview Elementary School, shares a letter from her son, Daniel Jacobs, a former Riverview student who now serves in the United States Air Force, during a Veterans Day program at the school on Monday, Nov. 11. Jacobs’ letter gave insights to the program’s attendees about what his life in the military is like.

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