New Carlisle Welcomes Holiday Season
The Sunday after Thanksgiving marks the official beginning of the Christmas season in New Carlisle.
On November 27, the 22nd annual Christmas in New Carlisle celebration was held downtown.
The event, which has been organized by Discover New Carlisle for the past three years, begins with an arts and crafts show at the Fire Station.
Kathy Aurenz coordinated the craft show, which hosted 35 vendors this year.
The New Carlisle Lions Club provided chili and hot dogs, while volunteers from the community donated cookies for the bake sale.
Kids were able to meet Santa Claus at the craft show, played by Rodney Mayfield.
After dark, the annual lighted parade, with floats from various local businesses and organizations, began at Memorial Park and concluded in downtown.
The parade is directed by Jessica Varga. This year's parade featured 34 entries, nearly double of the 2015 turnout. The Methodist Church pushed shopping carts along the route to collect items for the food pantry.
Of course, the grand finale of the parade featured Santa Claus escorted by the New Carlisle Fire Department. As St. Nick passed by the Town Hall, the beautifully decorated town tree was lit up for the season.
After the parade, cookies and hot cocoa were served to the community at the fire station. This was made possible through donations by Wells Fargo, Hamilton Grove, Miller's Merry Manor, and 1st Source Bank.
New Carlisle will certainly be well decorated for the season. In addition to the lights on the businesses and at the park, the lampposts along Michigan Street are outfitted with wreaths and yarn "sweaters."
The wreaths were handled by Dana Groves and Marcy Kauffman, while the yarn-bombing was done by the ladies from Yarn and More.
Proceeds from the craft show are used to keep the town illuminated during the holidays. The town crew, police department, and fire department all helped make the celebration possible.