Hillsboro Kicks Off Holidays Saturday


Imagine Hillsboro’s Festivals and Event Committee will hold the city’s seventh annual Storybook Christmas festival on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Holiday festivities will begin bright and early with Hillsboro Moose Lodge’s annual Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The buffet style breakfast is $4.50 per child and $8 for adults, and will be open to the public, as well as those visiting Santa. Jessica Chappelear - Country Financial plans to spread a little extra Christmas cheer for the young guests with the special Christmas boxes the insurance agency will hand out during the special breakfast. While there, make sure to stop by the Moose Lodge’s holiday vendor fair which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The vendor fair will also be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.

Imagine Hillsboro’s Christmas Market will officially open at 11 a.m. A variety of specialty vendors will be located inside of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement, selling custom handmade items and crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hillsboro’s downtown businesses will also be open for holiday shopping - make sure to pick up a #ShopHillsboro punch card for a chance to win $50 in Chamber Bucks. Food vendors will be on-site offering holiday novelties such as roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, as well as hot meals.

In addition to getting a head start on holiday shopping, A Storybook Christmas features a variety of events and entertainment. The Orpheum Theater will host a free showing of “The Grinch’’ at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, and a free showing of the holiday classic “White Christmas” at 1 p.m., courtesy of Brian Limbaugh - State Farm. First Community Bank of Hillsboro and Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center are sponsoring free horse drawn carriage rides down Main Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults and children alike will want to head over to The Abbey on Broad for their hot chocolate bar and children’s activities, hosted by Montgomery County 4-H, Hillsboro Area Hospital Junior Board and Hillsboro High School Art Clubfrom 11 a.m. to  3 p.m. The North Pole mailbox will be back at Lincoln Plaza. Imagine Hillsboro will have a  special  station inside The Coop (106 West Seward Street) with everything needed to write letters to Santa. Taylor Kay Art Gallery will host a free Christmas Card Workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery will also be open to shoppers throughout the event.

Several festive competitions will take place during the Storybook Christmas event. Hardcore Hammers will host a Corn “Ho-Ho” Hole tournament, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The two-person teams have a chance to win cash prizes. There will also be giveaways for participants and one team will take home $100 just for participating. All skill levels are welcome. Register at Hardcore Hammers’ storefront at 307 South Main Street or online at www.hardcorehammers.com/cornhole.

Head over to the Abbey and cast your vote for the best gingerbread house. Both pre-made kits and homemade gingerbread houses are welcome, but will be grouped in separate categories. The competition is open to children and adults (13 and up).

Prizes will be awarded. A Cindy Lou Who and Friends Look-a-Like contest will be held at 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress as Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch, or other beloved Christmas characters. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

The Beckemeyer Elementary School Choir will perform on the Lincoln Plaza Stage at 1:30 p.m. Following the choir, Hillsboro district third graders will place the hand-made ornaments they have been working on during their art classes with teacher Maggie Tarr on the community Christmas tree.

Stick around for a special reading of Hillsboro-based Christmas tale A Light for Luna at 2 p.m., at Lincoln Plaza. A second reading will be held in the evening at 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Plaza. Author, Dr. Patty Whitworth, Illustrator Jean Mehochko and Editor Barb Hewitt will also be set up at The Coop selling and signing their newest holiday book throughout the day. The Christmas story can also be purchased at The Journal-News and The Dressing Room. Proceeds will benefit Imagine Hillsboro and Bremer Sanctuary. Area singers, and non-singers alike, can perform their favorite Christmas carols on the Lincoln Plaza Stage during the “So You Think You Can Carol” competition. The caroling competition will begin at 2 p.m.. and will be judged by audience response.

At 5:30 p.m., gather with neighbors and friends around the city’s Christmas tree for the tree lighting ceremony, including performances by Hillsboro High School band and choir. Immediately following the tree lighting, parade participants will light up their floats, which will be stationed around Courthouse Square. Take a walk around the courthouse to enjoy and interact with the lighted floats. To be a part of the magic, register a lighted float at www.imaginehillsboro.com. A host of beloved Christmas characters, including Santa Claus, will be out-and-about, interacting with event attendees, during the stationary parade.

Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department will bring out one of their fire engine’s during the parade. The volunteer department will be collecting non-perishable food items, as well as monetary donations, for the 64th annual Christmas Basket program during the parade.

Stick around after the parade. Local band RetroRockit will perform at The Abbey on Broad at 8 p.m. They’ll also host a few adults-only activities. The Courthouse Pub will also offer some adult-centered fun with an Ugly Sweater Party from 9 to 11 p.m. Stop by Halftime Bar and Grill to try the first beer from Red Rooster, which will make its debut during the holiday event. Opera House Brewing Company will also be open with their newest batch of Edgar Allan Porter, along with other locally brewed favorites.

Stop by the Imagine Hillsboro Tent to pick up an event map, and purchase exclusive merchandise including raffle tickets for a chance to win  a holiday package. Winners will be contacted following the event. Maps can be found at businesses located in downtown Hillsboro prior to the Storybook Christmas Festival.

Sponsors of the 2021 Christmas festival include Jessica Chappelear - Country Financial,Brian Limbaugh - State Farm, Bank of Hillsboro, First Community Bank and Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

More information on a Storybook Christmas or #ShopHillsboro punch cards may be found online at www.happyholidaysinhillsboro.com. Follow Imagine Hillsboro on Facebook for information on their Saturdays on the Square Christmas activities later this month.


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