Arcanum Christmas Parade set for Dec. 14


The Arcanum Business Association is excited to announce the 3rd annual “Christmas in the Village & Horse Parade” on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. located at 310 N. Main Street, Arcanum

.“Arcanum is one of Ohio’s best kept secrets, a quaint, small town nestled in the heart of Ohio’s agricultural belt with a variety of unique, small business owners and a community that cares”, according to Jason Blackburn, chairman of the parade. “The event will have family-friendly events throughout the day for young too old to enjoy.”

New this year will be the Little Miss & Mr. Jingle Bell Pageant starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Arcanum Field House located at 310 N. Main Street in Arcanum. Contestants will be competing in two age groups: 3-5 years old and 6-10 years old. The costume theme this year will be Winter Wonderland. Think outside the box and be creative. Check-in will take place at 9 a.m. in the gym at the Arcanum Field House. Contestants must be pre-registered to participate. All entry forms must be received by Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. Please email [email protected] for a registration form or call Amber Rinehart at 937-286-8330. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd runners up in each age group. The Little Misses and Little Misters will be awarded a crown, sash and trophy. The top three in each age group are invited to ride in the Christmas Horse Parade at 7 p.m. the same evening, a horse drawn carriage will be provided (one parent per child must ride along). A Cutest Baby Photo Contest will also be held at the pageant. One photo of your little one who is of current age of newborn to 24 months, (size 5×7 or 8×10) can be turned into the pageant staff in the Arcanum Field House gym between 9-9:30 a.m. along with an entry form. Three different awards will be given: Most Photogenic, Cutest Smile, and Most Original. All babies are welcome to participate in the parade of babies (Moms can walk them down the red carpet) in between the two age groups participating in the pageant.

There will also be live bands performing in the Arcanum Field House all day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entertainment schedule includes: 11-11:45 a.m. Abbey Bower, 12-1 p.m. – Noah Back, 1-2:30 p.m. “The Green De Villes” and 3-5p.m. the band “Hey There Morgan” from Dayton.

Don’t forget about the food…there will be food trucks from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that will offer many selections to choose from. The food trucks will be in the Arcanum Field House parking lot, so stop by and grab some amazing food and enjoy the free entertainment inside the Arcanum Field House gym.

Beginning at noon until 4 p.m. will be an ice sculptor carving festive creations, free pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids to enjoy.

In the Scout House from 3-5 p.m. will be the opportunity to create a Christmas craft that the kids can take home.

Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be the Candy Cane Hunt in Ivestor Park complete with prizes for every child. This is a very exciting activity for the children to find the hidden candy canes throughout the park. Each candy cane is numbered and they can be redeemed for prizes in the Scout House after the hunt, sponsored by the Arcanum Business Association.

The evening will highlight the Christmas Horse Parade beginning at 7 p.m. to officially welcome Santa to the village of Arcanum. The parade will feature more than 50 horse and carriages, wagons, ponies, individual riders and motorized vehicles all decorated with festive Christmas lights. The parade will travel from the baseball diamonds on Sycamore Street, to George Street and to Main Street in Arcanum. Ivestor Park has been decorated by several volunteers, local students from Arcanum, community organizations and local businesses with over 25,000 Christmas lights and decorations headed up by Chris Guilerman. After the parade, the children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa in the Scout House. Also, horse and carriage rides will be available before & after the parade and will travel through the park and downtown area.

“We couldn’t be happier about everything that’s come together for this event,” Blackburn said. “Family-friendly activities, live bands to enjoy, Christmas pageant, amazing food, Christmas lights, horse parade and more – it’s going to be a great day for the whole family to enjoy and we hope you can come join us in Arcanum.”

For those interested in attending the “Christmas in the Village & Horse Parade,” the event is free and takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Confirmed food trucks and more information can be found at or search Christmas in the Village & Horse Parade on Facebook or go to and go to events tab.

Don’t forget to put this event on your calendar — Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society’s yearly Christmas Bazaar with one of a kind treasures will be Friday, Nov. 29 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 123 W. George St. All kinds of decorations, gifts, goodies and wardrobe items for one-stop local shopping for a good cause will be offered to help support our local historical society. If you need a stocking stuffer, you’ll be sure to find something at the bazaar! They will also offer for sale four different historic books about Arcanum that might make the perfect gift for that history buff in your family. There will also be door prizes and an in-house raffle and a 50/50 Raffle at the bazaar. It’s one of the biggest and best sales around that you won’t want to miss. Please share and bring a friend.

“Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!” ― Charmaine J Forde

“Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.” ― Gregory F. Lenz

By Vickie Rhodehamel

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