The Carmi Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce plans are well underway for the 2017 “It’s a White County Christmas” celebration. This year’s theme is “A Magical Christmas.”
Chamber Executive Director Holly Healy noted the celebration schedule is still tentative with events still being added. Organizations wishing to add an event to the schedule should contact the Chamber office at 382-7606.
It’s a White County Christmas will kick-off on November 11 with the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. The Baby and Toddler Miss will be at 1pm; while the Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Contestants will take stage at 6:30 pm at Carmi White County High School Auditorium.
Holiday Shopping Strolls will once again be promoted November 17-18 and November 24-25. The Chamber of Commerce urges everyone to shop Carmi first during these weekends for their holiday needs.
November 18 will be filled with activity. The Reindeer Run for Jefferson School will take place. The Wabash Chapter DAR Festival of Trees will be held in the First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust Community Room from 9am – 3pm. The White County Senior Citizen’s will host a Soup Luncheon from 11am- 2pm.
November 25 the Lighted Christmas Parade, starting at 6pm, will welcome Santa to Carmi. The Parade will be followed by the Tree Lighting in Veteran’s Park then Santa will visit with children in his house until 9pm. In addition, the Robinson Stewart House will be open for tours from 5-7pm. A craft show will be held earlier in the day at Washington School.
On December 2, First Christian Church will host A Cornerstone’s Kids Christmas- a one day Christmas VBS. Additionally, Emmanuel United Methodist Church will host their annual cookie sale at 9am.
December 9 the Carmi Public Library will host Story House with Santa as a special guest from 1-2pm. In addition, a craft show will be held at the floral hall.
Wabash Christian Supportive Living will have a Christmas Open House on December 3 from 2-4pm. A hot chocolate and desert bar will be available, along with tours of the facility.
December 16 the Carmi Lions Club will again host Breakfast with Santa. On December 17, the Carmi League of Arts plans to present the Holly Jolly Follies at the Carmi White County High School Auditorium.
Again this year, Santa will visit with children in his house near Veteran’s Park in Carmi on the following dates and times: November 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and December 23 from 2-5pm. On December 17 and 20 Santa will be available to visit with children from 6-9pm.
“Once again, we are looking forward to a successful It’s a White County Christmas celebration. Be sure and visit whitecountychristmas.com and follow It’s a White County Christmas on Facebook for the latest schedule updates,” noted Healy.