Christmas on the Square 2012 set for Saturday, December 1
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
This year’s Village of Sunbury 31st Annual Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas on the Square celebration, scheduled for Saturday, December 1, is only a few short days away, but it’s not too late to plan a float or other parade entry for the popular Big Walnut area Christmas gala.
Sponsored by Sunbury Urgent Care, the 5 to 8 p.m. Christmas on the Square will feature a 5:30 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade (parade stages at 5 p.m. at Burrer Drive), Visits with Santa, Horse & Carriage Rides, Boy Scout & Girl Scout Activities, Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, Ohio Wildlife Center Live Animal Encounter, and a Holiday Open House for Local Merchants around Sunbury Village Square.
The day kicks off with a 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast with Santa at Sunbury United Methodist Church. SUMC will also host a 5 to 7 p.m. Feast of St. Nicklaus Oyster & Chili Supper.
NBC News Channel 4’s Mindy Drayer will serve as parade announcer; and the 2012 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall will be VFW Post 8736 Commander Jerry Jodrey, 2012 All-State Commander and 2012 All-American Commander.
The parade will feature shopping carts for parade spectators to fill with non-perishable canned and boxed food items for the Big Walnut Friends Who Share Food Pantry. Everyone is invited to bring food items to the parade and help parade organizers fill the Friends Who Share Food Pantry at this critical time of the year.
Parade registration is recommended. Visit < SunburyBigWalnutChamber.com/News > to register a float for the lighted parade.
There will be Granville Horse & Carriage rides around the Square following the parade for donations until 8 p.m.; and the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on the north side of the square at 7 p.m.
A Sunbury postal truck will be parked near the Toshi Memorial Gazebo at the southwest corner of village square to pick up letters to Santa and rush them straight north to the pole. Write your note to Santa, drop it at the mail truck, and Santa will receive it by Monday — guaranteed by the United States Postal Service and your friendly Sunbury Postal Workers.
The Myers Inn Museum and Gift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for history browsing and early holiday gift shopping; and the Lex Center for Performing Arts will feature art works by Big Walnut High School students from 5 to 8 p.m.
Members of Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club will host a dog exhibit near Sunbury Town Hall; and there will be Holiday craft making inside the Village of Sunbury Municipal Building.
Live musical performances will be featured on Village Square near Veterans Memorial; and inside Sunbury Town Hall Drayer and The Grinch will have special Christmas stories to please children of all ages.
While you’re there, drop a new, unwrapped Christmas gift, non-perishable food item, or check in the Sunbury Village Council collection box for Friends Who Share (make checks payable to Big Walnut Friends Who Share).
For a more information visit the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce website at < SunburyBigWalnutChamber.com >, or email the chamber office at < email@example.com >, or call the chamber office at 740–965-2860.