Christmas on the SquareYou can start your new tradition at 4 p.m., Nov. 29 on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square. Christmas on the Square promises something fun for the whole family. In fact, it's so large that all four streets around the Courthouse Square will be closed throughout the two-hour event to vehicular traffic making the event safe for all. I'm most excited about what's new this year: Clarence the Christmas Camel. Local author Philip Gulley was asked by the Downtown Danville Partnership to write a children's holiday story to add another element to this great event. This new spin on a popular holiday tradition in Danville will allow residents and visitors to participate in the interactive holiday story entitled “Clarence the Christmas Camel” during this year’s Christmas on the Square. Local artists have helped display it visually on windows around the Courthouse Square that will be unveiled that night after Phil's wife, Joan reads the story at 4 p.m. in the Royal Theater. The great thing is that is just one aspect of this fabulous event. As it will also include:
- A Live Nativity Scene – As in recent years, a nativity area with live animals will be stationed at the corner of Washington and Marion streets.
- Train Rides – This free activity will occur on Jefferson Street.
- Childrens’ Activities – A juggler, face painters and balloon artists will be stationed at various locations inside businesses around the Square. Children also will be able to fill a complimentary stocking with candy and prizes as they visit the various merchants around the Square.
- Strolling Carolers – A group of jolly singers will provide a bit of ambiance harkening back to traditional Christmas celebrations.
- Roaming Holiday Characters – Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, a snowman and Christmas tree will stroll around the square greeting visitors.
- Holiday Melodrama – The Danville High School Drama Department will perform at 3 and 5 p.m. inside the Royal Theater.
- Tree Lighting –Santa, Mrs. Claus and one lucky child will flip the switch to light up the Downtown Square to end the evening.