MAHOMET — Downtown merchants will roll out the red carpet on Dec. 6 and 7 for not just Santa Claus and the youngsters who love him — and the Mrs. — but for all those ready to enjoy a healthy dose of the Christmas spirit.
The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Mahomet Village Christmas, where local businesses will offer holiday treats, carolers, activities for children, horse-drawn carriage rides, a children’s Christmas shop, visits with Santa and more.
Organizers expect up to 3,000 people might attend the event, but there’s one major factor that affects that: Mother Nature.
“It’s crazy but a lot of it’s dependent on the weather,” said Walter Pierce, director of the chamber. “But I think it’ll be a good crowd.
“Most of the businesses are open, so you can go in – so it’s not like you’re outside a long time,” he added.
Friday night’s activities begin at 5 and are extended to 8:30 p.m. this year, he noted.
Also new are red and white lamp posts with signs that will be stationed outside participating merchants so that attendees can easily identify spots to find holiday activities, Pierce said.
Santa will help light a new tree, and a weekend-long vendor fair is in store. A trolley, which can hold around 40 people in one trip, will allow easy access throughout downtown, with three drop-off and pick-up locations: Sangamon on Main, the American Legion and Busey Bank.
A new part of this year’s celebration will be fresh made-to-order donuts Friday evening at Zeke’s Eats. The donut truck will b e parked at the fire station memorial by the community center.
Breakfast with Santa is always a highlight of the two-day festivities. Held at Mahomet-Seymour High School, the Saturday breakfast kicks off three times: at 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to accommodate plenty of participants.
Tickets for the breakfast include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, goodie bags for each child, fresh donuts from Zeke’s Eats, coffee and milk.
On Friday night, the raffle of a large gift basket full of goodies will be held. People can get a raffle ticket and event booklet with map at Busey Bank. Raffle tickets can be dropped off Friday night at any business that’s participating in Village Christmas.
For more information, log on to mahometvillagechristmas.com.
MAHOMET VILLAGE CHRISTMAS
Schedule of Events
Friday, Dec. 6
-- vendor fair, Sangamon on Main gym
-- Kids’ Shop, Darwyn Boston State Farm office, Sangamon on Main
-- Busey Bank’s pie shop
-- Horse and carriage rides, Main Street
-- Cookie decorating for all ages, Masonic Lodge No. 220
-- Kids’ crafts, Community Center
-- Christmas trees for sale by Sunset Landscaping, downtown
-- Clothing and mitten drive, Cornbelt Fire Protection District fire station
-- Trolley rides, with pick up and drop off locations at Sangamon on Main, American Legion, Busey Bank
-- CKAlmonds for sale, corner of Elm Street
6 p.m., Santa’s arrival and tree lighting, outside Sangamon on Main
Following the tree lighting, pictures with Santa, Hillary Rae Events (formerly Pheonix Engineering)
Veggie Tales singalong with star Bridget Miller, Yellow & Co.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Time to be determined:
-- vendor fair, Sangamon on Main gym
-- Mistletoe Workshop at Flora Design Studio
-- Kids’ crafts, Yellow & Co.
8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Breakfast with Santa, Mahomet-Seymour High School. Tickets include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, goodie bags for each child, fresh donuts from Zeke’s Eats, coffee and milk.
-- 12-3 p.m., horse and carriage rides, Main Street
-- During store hours, make and take ornaments, $5, Winderson’s Creations & Home Consignment, Sangamon on Main