UNION CITY—Opening night of the 11th Annual “A Community Christmas” in Union City is Friday, Nov. 25.
Activities begin at 5 p.m. in the southeast corner of Harter Park and include an all-new lighted cruise-in, bonfire and caroling. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be available while supplies last through 7 p.m. Entries in the lighted cruise-in can be, but are not limited to, golf carts, motorcycles, cars, trucks, and bikes. Entries must be lighted to be eligible for prizes.
At 5:30 p.m., Union City, Indiana and Ohio, Police and Fire Departments will escort Santa and Mrs. Claus from Marsh Supermarket on East Elm Street to Harter Park. Although there will be no organized parade this year, everyone is welcome to follow the lights and sirens, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, to the park. The couple from the North Pole should arrive at Harter Park at approximately 6 p.m., at which time the light display will be turned on. From there, they will be taken to the Gift Shop, where kids of all ages can share with them their Christmas wish lists until 9 p.m.
The drive-thru light display, throughout Harter Park’s nearly 60 acres, will be open Thursday-Sunday from Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Dec. 11, and nightly from Thursday, Dec. 15 through New Year’s Eve. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Vehicles may enter from either drive off of Jackson Pike on the east end of the park only.
There is no admission fee; however, donations will be accepted at the gate. Donations will benefit local groups who have volunteered to welcome visitors and also to make it possible to continue the Christmas display in the future.
The Gift Shop, housed in the enclosed shelter house near the horse arena, will be open Friday and Saturday evenings through Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6-9 p.m.
“Inside, you’ll find all kinds of wonderful treasures, including baked goods, crafts, PAWS shirts, decorated dog biscuits, Tupperware, Avon, and much more,” said organizers. “Parking is available. Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday through Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6-9 p.m.”
For more information about A Community Christmas, call 765-964-6302 or 765-964-6080.
“Make it a family tradition to share the magic and joy of a winter wonderland during the 11th annual “A Community Christmas” in Union City, beginning Friday, Nov. 25,” organizers concluded.