Santa Claus to be busy this weekend with stops in Roanoke, Markle and Huntington

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Santa Claus continues to make the rounds of Huntington County this weekend, visiting Roanoke for Christmas in the Village on Friday evening, Dec. 2; making a stop in Markle for Christmas in Our Town on Saturday, Dec. 3; and dropping in at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park during the first day of Christmas at the Forks, set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4.

In Roanoke                                                                                                                                                                                                     Santa, riding a fire truck, arrives at the Roanoke Public Library on Friday at about 6 p.m. He will head into the library to talk with children, who can snack on hot dogs, hot chocolate and doughnuts.

Santa will head over to Cornerstone Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Saturday for Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs for a free will donation. Santa will take time out to talk with children and pose for photos.

Both events are part of Christmas in the Village, which will feature Christmas-themed shopping and fun in downtown Roanoke both Friday and Saturday. In addition, Seminary United Methodist Church will hold a bake sale and country store both days.

At the Forks
The 12th annual Christmas at the Forks begins Saturday with Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Chief Richardville Room in the Forks museum. The breakfast of pancakes and sausage will be prepared by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club and sponsored by Continental Structural Plastics. Santa will visit with children and pose for photos.

Christmas trees and wreaths decorated in a variety of themes by businesses, clubs and organizations will be on display at the Forks on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Community members can view the displays at no charge. They can also purchase tickets to vote for their favorite trees or wreaths. At the end of the day on Sunday, one winner will be drawn for each wreath or tree on display.

The item will go home with the winner.

A Christmas open house will be held in the Chiefs’ House at the Forks on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Miami descendants will serve hot mulled cider, offer baked goods and Native American crafts for sale and lead tours of their ancestral home.

The Children’s Choir of Huntington County will perform its annual Christmas concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Forks visitors’ center. The concert, titled “Rooted in Place — Our Town,” has an Indiana theme in honor of the state’s bicentennial and will feature original music written by local composers. A free will offering will be collected.

In Markle
Markle’s Christmas in Our Town starts when a fire truck delivers Santa to the Markle United Methodist Church, 145 W. Morse St., Markle, on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Crossroads Pantry, will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay at the church until noon to visit with children. The visit is sponsored by Myers Funeral Home and iAB financial bank. A coloring contest, sponsored by Markle Hardware, will also be held at the church from 10 a.m. to noon.

A handmade craft bazaar will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Markle United Methodist Church.

Visitors to iAB financial bank, 180 Morse St., Markle, can enjoy the sounds of the season and refreshments Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children age 12 and younger can pick a gifts from the tree.

Mazie’s Flowers and Nadean’s Cakes/Cookies/Catering will sponsor a Christmas on Morse Street craft bazaar Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the former Expectations Event Center, 193 E. Morse St., Markle.

Christmas open houses will be held Saturday at Nadean’s Cakes/Cookies Catering, 195 E. Morse St., Markle, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; at Mazie’s Flowers, 171 E. Morse St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and at Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle, will offer stories and games Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

The Markle United Methodist Church will serve a soup supper Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission is a free will donation.

During the soup supper at 6 p.m., winners of the Christmas Light Decorating Contest will be announced. Winners of first and second places will receive cash prizes, and the third place winner will receive a gift certificate to The Pickle.

To enter the contest, contact the Markle Town Hall or email The entry deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 30, and judging will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.

Sentimental Journey will provide free horse and buggy rides Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rides begin and end at the Markle United Methodist Church and are sponsored by I-69 Trailer Center.

A live nativity, tree lighting and caroling will be held Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Veterans’ Park on Clark Street, in Markle. Hot chocolate will be available and canned goods will be collected for the food pantry. This event is sponsored by Turnpointe community Church and Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

Saturday’s events end with a 7 p.m. organ concert by Joyle Allen at the Markle United Methodist Church.

The Christmas on Morse Street bazaar at the former Expectations Event Center continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., along with Christmas open houses at Mazie’s Flowers and Nadean’s Cakes/Cookies/Catering. The Christmas open house at Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall also continues Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.