How It All Began
As part of the Spencer Lions Club service project Santa would visit the Owen County Courthouse for picture with children and crafts. In 2009 the serve project was expanded to include a simple Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony for the Courthouse Dome. In 2013, we are growing to include an all day event called Christmas at the Square.
Christmas at the Square is a hometown Christmas festival located at the Owen County Courthouse Square. Area organizations, businesses, and individuals come together to for our community and guest of our community. The holidays are a heartwarming time of year and how better to celebrate than with family, friends, and community.
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The following local business and organizations are giving to the community by:
As part of the Spencer Lions Club service project Santa would visit the Owen County Courthouse for picture with children. Also the week following the Christmas at the Square the Spencer Lions Club hosts Santa in the evenings for children to visit the Lions Club on Main St and have their pictures taken.
The Spencer Tivoli (under the operation of Owen County Preservation) host a movie related activity during the Christmas festival. The Tivoli also offers a variety of holiday movies and special events during December. Some of the upcoming specials include It’s a Wonderful Life, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and a live production from the Owen County Civic Theatre. Visit their website for more information and a schedule of upcoming events.
Spencer Evening World always has his camera in hand to capture the memories of children visiting and sharing their wishes with Santa during the courthouse activities. Orders for prints can be places at the Spencer Evening World following the festival.
Delta Theta Tau offers “reindeer dust” as part of the courthouse activities of the festival. Each year the Delta Theta Tau members hand out a package of oats & sparkles. Children are instructed to sprinkle dust on lawn and the reindeer will find their home by seeing sparkles. As Santa delivers the gifts his reindeer will have a special treat by eating the oats.
Owen County Garden Club offers a craft project for children & adults to make when the visit the courthouse during the festival.
C.A.R.S. (Child Adult Resource Services) may be found in the courthouse distributing hot cocoa and snowman soup during the festival.
Come to the courthouse hungry and pick up a hot dog served by the Owen County Sheriffs’ Department.
Sweet Owen Tourism will be donating the prizes for the youth coloring contest. You can also stop by the Tourism office on Market St during the festival for an open house.
Members of Alpha Delta Chapter of Tri Kappa hand out free books to children. This year member of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Tri Kappa will hand out books to children at the courthouse.
The Owen County Public Library will be hosting story time in the Courthouse during the festival. A variety of books are selected by the library and then children may join in as a librarian reads aloud to the children.
The Owen County 4H Fishing Team hosts a Christmas Carnival each year for the public. The Christmas Carnival has a variety of games for children to play as instructed by members of the Fishing Team. Visit the In God’s Arms (IGA) building for the FREE Carnival.
Rob Babbs of Babbs Supermarket invites Santa to leave reindeer at the store while he visits with children downtown. From 11a to 2p the public can visit with reindeer at Babbs Supervalu.
Need to get Santa a letter? Stop by and visit the gals from the Owen County Chamber of Commerce for help writing a letter to Santa.
The Owen Valley Fire Department volunteers to set up and remove the courthouse dome lighting each year.
Spencer Exchange Club members sell fresh cut Christmas trees at the lot next to Babbs Supervalu starting after Thanksgiving. Spencer Exchange Club also donated the cash prizes for window decorating contest.
While the weather does affect Verl & Debbie Keith being able to offer carriage rides at the festival. Each year they plan to be available. Let’s hope folks can hear those sleigh bell jingling as they come together for a sleigh ride together.
Spencer Main Street, Inc. will be hosting the Merry Meter Contest, Window Decorating Contest, and Downtown Walking Tour this year. We are excited to partner with SMS to bring you more activities during the festival. Visit the SMS website for more information.
Shop local by stopping by a small business while they host open houses during the festival. When you shop local at the festival you are supporting church mission trips, helping families have a brighter Christmas, promoting an individual, and investing in your community.
This holiday season buy gifts local by shopping among your neighbors, friends, and community. Everything you need for a happy holiday right here at home. Shop among the wonderful assortment of independent artists, designers, crafters, and bakers will be available at the festival awaiting your support.