The Licking County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Committee and the Canal Market District (CMD) are announcing a collaboration for the annual Licking County Christmas Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, November 25th. The groups are planning a community Christmas event on the day after Thanksgiving including the CMD’s first Christmas Market in the new entertainment district just south of downtown Newark. Featured on Friday afternoon and evening from 4:00pm till 8:00pm, this first CMD Christmas Market will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, and local farmers with Christmas trees, greens, wreaths and decorations. Part of the collaboration with the Christmas Lighting Committee will include holiday decorations in the new Canal Market District.
The Christmas Lighting Committee will be adapting their approach to the start of the holiday season in Licking County in 2016, as the Historic Courthouse will not be decorated this year due to the restoration construction. However, plans have been made to place the extensive collection of colorful Christmas lawn ornaments on Courthouse Park, which will be lighted the evening of November 25th and will remain lighted each evening until the first day of January 2017.
As part of the collaboration event on November 25th the Courthouse Lighting Committee will be sponsoring a special sing-a-long and Santa program that evening, keeping alive the local tradition that dates back to 1949. The holiday music program will begin at 6:00pm in the Reese Pavilion in the CMD and will feature the arrival of Jolly Old Saint Nick at 7:15pm. A highlight for the evening and introduced by Santa will be a ‘Red, Green and White’ Christmas Fireworks Show, sponsored in part by WCLT Radio.
These combined events promise to make for an exciting start to the Christmas holiday season in Licking County on the traditional Friday evening on the day after Thanksgiving. So plan to visit downtown Newark that afternoon and evening, with the entire family, to kick-off your holiday season!