August 15, 2014

Get Involved

The Christmas at the Square committees would like to invite you to join in the Christmas at the Square festival.  The 2013 festival was a growing year with the addition of local vendors, movies at the Tivoli and all day activities.  In 2016 we would like to continue this growth with the additional involvement of businesses, organizations and individuals.  We have several areas we hope you consider participating in because your involvement will help grow this community festival for all to enjoy.

Decorating

Help us bring the Christmas spirit to the Owen County Courthouse Square with beautifully decorated window displays and lighting for downtown business fronts and buildings.  New for 2016 we are offering a prize to the best dressed downtown windows.  This contest is open to businesses, churches, organizations, and building owners.  We realize that some buildings around the square are vacant and would like to ask building owners to consider offering their building windows as decorating opportunities for others if they do not desire to decorate themselves.  We would designate other interested parties to decorate the outside of the vacant building windows with non-harmful materials.  If you are interested in participating please contact Andrea White.  …More information

Open House

We would like to welcome businesses and organizations around the square to host open houses during the festival vendor hours to promote downtown Spencer.  Local vendors will have booths set up for holiday shopping from 10 am to 6 pm.  If you would like to host an open house during all or part of these hours please contact the Public Relations chairman, Andrea White at (812) 360-1166 to have your open house hours and activities publicized.

Entertainment and Caroling

We are seeking carolers and entertainers to perform throughout the day’s festivities at the brunch, vendor spaces, silent auction, and courthouse activities.  Churches, organizations, and individuals young and old are asked to join us for caroling around the courthouse as well as scheduled performances.  Interested parties may contact Pat Day at (812) 821-2433.

Parade

There is something magical about a Christmas parade with all the lights and holiday cheer.  The Christmas parade will begin at 5:00pm with line up at the fairgrounds at 4:30pm.  Regulations of an entry include Santas – No other Santas or Mrs. Clauses in the parade; Theme – General theme of Christmas, winter, or the holidays; Lights – The parade will start at 5:00p so twinkling lights are encouraged, but not required; Candy – For safety reasons if you want to distribute candy please have walkers to hand candy out instead of throwing from the float.  The parade route will proceed from E Cooper St to Main St, turn at E. Franklin, and return to fairgrounds along S Washington St.  Please contact Pat Day at (812) 821-2433 to register for the parade entry.

Christmas Cheer Silent Auction

In 2016 we will continue the silent auction with a few changes as to the items that can be donated for the silent auctions. Donations can be any auction items that generates intense demand, these items are usually creative, unique, and highly desirable. Here are some suggestions you may want to consider themed gift baskets or stockings, special service packages promoting your organization or business, special event tickets, gift cards to restaurants or other retail locations, or handcrafted items.  Funds raised through the silent auction support the production of festival.  All donations are tax deductible.  Drop off your donations at the OC Chamber of Commerce office Nov 28-Dec 2 from 9a to 4p.  Final donations must be submitted by 10:00a Saturday Dec 3 at the Exhibitor Hall. For more information please contact Andrea White at (812) 360-1166.

Vendors

We are in the process of organizing our vending options for 2016  Exhibitor booths will be available from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  Exhibitors will be showcasing either hand crafted, farm based, prepared food products, direct sales consultants, for more information please contact Brittney Hogan at (812) 821-7128.  Interested in becoming an exhibitor?

’Tis the season…… TO ROCK THE UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER

Celebrate your ugly Christmas sweaters by sharing a photo of you rockin’ your sweater to #iheartchristmasatthesquare.  You can also post photos to our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Coloring Contest

Christmas at the Square invites youth grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to participate in a coloring contest. Coloring pages can be printed from our website or picked up at Tivoli Theatre and Spencer Evening World. Pages will also be distributed through Spencer Owen School Corp classes. Return completed coloring contest pages by 3pm November 21 to a drop box located at the Tivoli Theatre, Spencer Evening World, or SES head office.   For more information.