New Carlisle welcomes Christmas season

Traditionally, the Sunday after Thanksgiving signals the start of Christmastime in New Carlisle. On Sunday, November 26, the town welcomed the holiday season with the 23rd annual Christmas in New Carlisle celebration.

The event, which is organized by Discover New Carlisle, features a craft show at the fire station followed by the lighted parade downtown.

Those who attended the craft show had an opportunity to get a start on their holiday shopping, as vendors filled up the fire station with a variety of unique, homemade goods. The show was completely booked.

After dark, the parade began at Memorial Park and moved its way down Michigan Street, concluding in downtown. This year’s parade featured a record 37 entries, as various local businesses and organizations decorated their floats with Christmas lights.

As they have in the past, the United Methodist Church of New Carlisle pushed shopping carts down the route to collect items for the food pantry. The carts were provided by Groceries by Joe.

The finale of the parade was the arrival of Santa Claus, not on his sleigh, but rather upon a firetruck of the New Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department.

As Santa passed by the Town Hall, the town tree was lit up for the season once again. Following the parade, the community was treated to cookies and hot cocoa at the fire station to conclude the day’s festivities.

Proceeds from the Christmas in New Carlisle celebration help keep the town decorated (and illuminated) during the holidays.

In addition to the lights on the downtown businesses and at Memorial Park, the lampposts along Michigan Street are adorned with wreaths and yarn Christmas “sweaters.”

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