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.
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. TAB file photo.

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.

The park festivities will culminate with a tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Christmas caroling will follow.

Also at 7 p.m., the Lighted Luminaries will be on display down State Road 3.

The evening’s activities will draw to a close with a Christmas dance in the Scout Cabin at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park from 8 p.m. to midnight. DJ Fast Eddie will spin the tunes. The park is located at 100 Park Drive.

On Saturday, children will have an opportunity to meet Santa Claus at Markle United Methodist Church, 145 W. Morse St., from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at the church and kids will get to take pictures with Santa.

When the little ones are done hobnobbing with Kris Kringle, they can go get a pony ride and check out a petting zoo provided by Hoosier Camel Encounter. These activities will be occurring downtown from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Markle Park Scout Cabin will host a variety of children’s activities. From 10 a.m. to noon, stories will be read and a craft session will be offered. Also, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, kids will have a chance to decorate cookies and get their faces painted.

Anyone looking to do some shopping will be able to do so starting at 9 a.m., when the doors at All Your Expectations Event Center open for a vendor bazaar. Located at 193 E. Morse St., the center will host the bazaar until 2 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to shop downtown on Morse Street, where a Christmas Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Businesses that will hold open houses include Mazie’s Flowers & Gifts, Nadean’s Cakes/Cookies/ Catering and Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall. Mazie’s, at 171 E. Morse St., and Nadean’s, at 195 E. Morse St., will both be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The antique mall, at 250 E. South St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mall will also be open during those hours on Sunday, Dec. 8.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a display and raffle drawing will be held at Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St. Down the street from town hall, at Markle 66, 110 N. Clark St., the group Northeast Indiana “Mild to Wild” Jeepers will be accepting donations of new toys for Toys for Tots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Historic Cabin at Old Mill Park will be open throughout the day. The park is located at the corner of Miller and Wilt streets.

The day’s festivities will be capped off by the Polar Plunge. From 11 a.m. to noon, people are invited to jump into Markle Park’s sure-to-be-frigid pond.