Drive-thru light display in Union City reaches milestone


UNION CITY, Ind. — This year’s lighted Christmas parade will kick off the 10th annual “A Community Christmas” in Union City on Nov. 27.

There is no fee to enter in the parade and all type of entries are welcome… golf carts, floats, trucks, cars, horses, wagons, motorcycles, walkers, etc. Participants just must be lighted to enter. Line-up for the parade will be from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the lot beside the former First Financial Bank on West Pearl Street.

The parade will proceed to North Columbia Street, to West Oak and then to Harter Park. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. The light display will be turned on at the conclusion of the parade. For more information or to enter, call Aaron Orr (937-423-7545) or Shelly King (765-964-6080).

The light display, which boasts more than four million lights, with additional lights added each year, will be open Thursdays-Sundays from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13, and then open nightly from Dec. 17 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 signed up to welcome visitors and also to continue the Christmas display in the future. Local groups and organizations interested in manning the gate, should contact King.

Groups and organizations can also take part in decorating by adopting an area. To adopt a shelter house or an area, call Larry or Anita Amspaugh (765-964-6302). The deadline to have all areas decorated is today [Nov. 22].

The Gift Shop will be in the shelter house near the horse arena and will be open Friday and Saturday evenings through December 19 from 6-9 p.m. Parking is available directly outside the Gift Shop.

Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Gift Shop every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19 from 6-8 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 4, 8-9 p.m, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Community Room in downtown Union City for “Christmas in the City” from 5-8 p.m. Local businesses, organizations, and crafters interested in booth space should contact Anita Amspaugh as soon as possible. Space is limited.

Lots of volunteers are needed to help decorate. Work sessions will be held every Saturday morning from now until opening weekend from 9-12.

Monetary donations and donations of new or gently used (one year or less) Christmas lights and decorations of all kinds are always welcome and may be dropped off at The Corner Cupboard in downtown Union City or at the home of Larry and Anita Amspaugh, 1373 Landsdowne Drive, Union City, Indiana. Donations of older lights will be sold for copper.

“Make it a family tradition to share the magic and joy of a winter wonderland during the 10th annual ‘A Community Christmas’ in Union City, beginning Nov. 27,” said organizers.

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