Special Events & Festivals

Two popular events join forces as EXPO, ArtsExpress team up

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Two of Huntington’s most popular events have joined forces to create a mega business and arts experience on the same day and in the same place.

The Huntington County Business EXPO/ArtsExpress exhibition takes place Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Huntington University Fieldhouse. Admission is free.

Area churches announce Christmas services

The following area churches have announced their upcoming Christmas services:

Christ the King Episcopal Church
1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington
Monday, Dec. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. – Christmas Eve service of Holy Communion.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. – Christmas Day service of Holy Communion.

Christ United Methodist Church
148 W. Third St., Roanoke
Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. – Christmas Eve service.

Keep track of Santa with HCARS, NORAD radar

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will be watching and discussing Santa’s travels around the world.

HCARS invites the public to monitor Santa with the club on their computers as he travels around the globe on the NORAD Tracking System at www.noradsanta.org, especially as he closes in on the United States. It is suggested that interested Santa watchers visit NORAD’s website prior to the event to familiarize themselves with their operation. The website is now active.

Christmas transformation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trends Hair Studio stylist Darcel Smart (left) transforms the hair of Mae Hardin, of Fort Wayne, into a reindeer face and antlers on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the annual Christmas in the Village in Roanoke.

Letters to Santa

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Abbott family, of Roanoke, work together to write letters to Santa Claus at Santa's Workshop in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Dec. 8, as part of the town's annual Christmas in the Village. Dad Austin Abbott (left) helps son Grady Abbott, 3, with his letter, while daughter Kaitlyn Abbott, 15 months, apparently supervises.

Hello, Santa

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Addelyn Freiburger (left) holds hands with Santa Claus on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, during Breakfast with Santa at the Cornerstone Alliance Church in Roanoke as part of the town's annual Christmas in the Village. The child is the daughter of Tyson and Leslie Freiburger, of Roanoke.

Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village takes center stage this weekend

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sing Christmas carols with children and their families during last year’s Christmas in the Village celebration in Roanoke. The two-day Christmas event returns this year on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, with many opportunities for adults to shop, multiple chances for children to meet Santa and more.
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Roanoke’s annual celebration of the Christmas season, Christmas in the Village, will take place Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8.
The two-day event gives children multiple opportunities to meet Santa Claus while presenting shoppers with an array of places to purchase unique Christmas gifts.

Master Gardeners earn top spot at Forks tree, wreath contest

A Christmas tree decorated by the Huntington County Master Gardeners won the Christmas at the Forks Tree and Wreath Decorating Contest held by the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.

Attendees of the event voted on their favorite entry, with the Master Gardeners’ tree proving to be the most popular. A total of 11 trees and five wreaths comprised this year’s show.

After votes were counted, voting tickets were drawn to determine the recipient of each tree, as is tradition at the event.
Here’s how the voting tallied for each category:

Admiring the decorated trees

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Admiring one of the many Christmas trees decorated for display by local businesses, clubs and organizations for the 14th annual Christmas at the Forks fund-raiser at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 are (from left) Ryan Howard, Kolbee Howard, Brandy Culver and Alanna Howard. The event will also be held today, Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Breakfast help from Dad

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mike Fishbaugh (left) spreads butter on pancakes for his son, Kyler, at the free breakfast cooked and sponsored by the Noon Kiwanis Club of Huntington at the 14th annual Christmas at the Forks fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

A helping hand

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sahkorra Echevarria (right) gets some assistance from her mother, Debra, on her craft at the Grinch crafts and storytime at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday morning, Dec. 1. The event was part of Markle's Christmas in Our Town.

Confections list

Photo by Steve Clark.

Robin Lipp (left) hands Brenda Hacker a sheet listing the confections she makes during a vendor bazaar at All Your Expectations on Saturday morning, Dec. 1, as part of the Markle Christmas In Our Town.

Discussing things with Santa


Zayden Adkins sits on Santa Claus's lap and tells the Jolly Old Elf what he wants for Christmas during Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning, Dec. 1, at the Markle Fire Station. The event was part of Markle's Christmas In Our Town.

Admiring glance

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jane Garrison admires a tree decorated by the Heritage Pointe of Warren sewing room volunteers at the Heritage Pointe Festival of Trees on Friday, Nov. 30.

Tree lighting at Rotary Park

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Christmas tree at Rotary Park in downtown Huntington was lit Saturday evening, Nov. 24, during Christmas in the City.
The event was coordinated by the Downtown Business Association, the City of Huntington and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.