By Andrea McCann Managing Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel
---- — Christmas is coming to the Village Nov. 30 with the annual parade and tree lighting, and it’s staying for a month.
The festivities will begin with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m. Nov. 30. It will feature Santa, the Gordon Pipers, Dickens carolers, Radio Disney, the Traders Point Hunt Club, reindeer and much more. Following the parade, at 5 p.m., there will be live music, and Radio Disney will provide games and goodie bags for children. At 6 p.m., the jolly old elf himself will help light the Village Christmas tree.
Throughout the month of December, Christmas shoppers can park in Lions Park on weekends and ride a free trolley downtown to visit their favorite restaurants, galleries and Village shops. There also will be free horse-drawn carriage rides every Saturday and musical performances to enjoy. And, of course, Santa will be available to hear everyone’s Christmas wish lists.
“Most of the shops and restaurants have some type of music or activity every weekend,” said Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Johns-Cole. There also will be street vendors, she said.
Children can have breakfast with Santa at one of six Village restaurants on Saturday, Dec. 7, by making reservations at www.zionsvilletrikappa.org. After breakfast, Mr. Claus will take up residence at the Santa house on the Serenity patio, 135 S. Main St., and will be there every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21.
The WinterGreen Market also will be Dec. 7, when Rail Trail Gardens, Watts Christmas Tree Farm, Palmer Kelley Designs, Akard True Value Hardware, and Zionsville Flower Company will offer evergreen wreaths, mistletoe, holly, garland and fresh blooming arrangements for sale.
Dickens Carolers will stroll the downtown streets on both Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, and other musical groups will perform at various locations on Dec. 7.
Both men and women can get some shopping assistance and have fun in the process during Christmas in the Village: Ladies Night will be Dec. 12, and Men’s Night will be Dec. 19. Ladies Night will begin with cocktails and modeling at 5 p.m. at The Sanctuary. Downtown shops and galleries will be open late for both events with special promotions.
“Lots of merchants are doing activities on Ladies and Men’s nights,” said Johns-Cole.
On Dec. 21, participating shops, galleries and restaurants will raise money for their favorite charities with special promotions and activities for “Zionsville Pays it Forward.”
“The coolest thing this year is that the merchants have stepped up to sponsor everything,” Johns-Cole said, adding that at least a dozen individuals and 43 businesses have been involved.
In addition, a $10,000 grant from the town and a $1,000 grant from the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau will aid in promoting Zionsville as the Christmas shopping place to be.
“A cable spot has clips from everybody,” said Johns-Cole, emphasizing that not just the Village businesses are promoted. “It’s representative of what you can find in Zionsville as far as shopping and dining.”
For a complete calendar of events, visit www.zionsvillechamber.org. Johns-Cole said the website will be updated regularly as new activities are added.