Weekend Primer: Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:51 PM by Josh Duke
We have a huge weekend ahead in Hendricks County after you get your fill of turkey and shopping. The day after Thanksgiving has become a huge tradition in Hendricks County for something other than shopping, and this year is no different. Christmas on the Square harkens visitors back to traditional holiday celebrations of the past with its two-hour event on Friday. The town will completely shut down the square to vehicular traffic as Christmas on the Square takes over from 4-6 p.m. Activities include the unveiling of the Clarence the Christmas Camel Storybook Window Display, children’s activities including a stocking they can pick up and have filled with all kinds of special goodies at area businesses, roaming carolers, a live nativity scene and so much more. The event ends with the traditional lighting of the square. From there, you can take a car load just a mile or so east to Ellis Park for the opening of the annual Winterland Light Display. This drive-through Christmas light spectacular costs $8 per carload though you can get discounted tickets on the Danville Chamber of Commerce website. The Winterland display will remain open for viewing through Christmas Eve while the Storybook Window Display will remain up through Dec. 31. If you are looking for an indoor activity, The Biz, Academy of Musical Theatre, will present the last two showings of Annie Jr. at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Harmony Baptist Church, 5697 Broyles Road in Avon. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for youth 16 and under. McCloud Nature Park in North Salem will host a free activity from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday for you bird lovers out there. Participants can make and take their own Winter Bird Feeders and learn what seed mixes attract certain species of birds. All ages are welcome. Registration is recommended by calling (317) 718-6188. Finally, I wanted to remind all of our readers that Saturday is Small Business Saturday. Please consider shopping local this holiday season. You truly will be amazed with the quality of one-of-a-kind gifts you will find if you bypass big box retailers for some local Hendricks County shops. If you don’t know where to go, a couple of resources to get you started include our Holiday Shopping Gift Guide and our Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. This is just a sample of what you can do this weekend. You can visit our Events Calendar anytime for up-to-the-minute happenings in Hendricks County. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!