From shopping to Santa, downtown Wilmington set to HoliDazzle


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



The annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert, shown during last year’s event, takes place from 5-5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Murphy Theatre.


News Journal file photos

A bit of Star Wars descended on Wilmington during last year’s illuminated parade.


News Journal file photos

Santa Claus will make a return appearance for this year’s parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. from the Clinton County Fairgrounds.


News Journal file photos

WILMINGTON — HomeTown HoliDazzle begins in the morning with Shop Small Business Saturday featuring specials and special activities at downtown stores throughout the day, and wraps up with Saturday evening’s illuminated parade.

And in-between are everything from entertainment to pictures with Santa to many other activities for kids of all ages.

This year the illuminated parade gets underway from the Clinton County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. and makes its way down Main Street.

Saturday’s schedule includes these events and activities:

11-2 p.m. Upcycled Keepsake Ornaments — $8 Make & Take, Thorngren Studio Arts

11-3 p.m. Holiday ornament crafting — $6 Make & Take, Beehive Art & Framing

1-4 p.m. Holiday crafting for all ages, Wilmington Public Library

1-2 p.m. Clinton County Community Band, Murphy Theatre

1-6 p.m. Over the Moon Paint & Party — $5 Make & Take Ornaments, Murphy Studios, Over the Moon Paint & Party

3-3:30 p.m. Wilmington High School Choraliers & Wilmingtones, Clinton County Courthouse (inside)

3:30-6:30 p.m. Hand Painted Ornaments — $5 Make & Take, South Street Wine Cellar

4-6 p.m. Festival of Wreaths- Exhibit & Silent Auction, United Way

4-6 p.m. Gift Box Guessing Game — Free … win a prize! Jeannie’s Palo Fabrics

4-6 p.m. Nachos & Refreshments at the CVB — Free, CVB Office, corner of Main & South Streets

4-7 p.m. Children’s Train Ride, Inflatables, Vendors — Free, N. South St.

4-7 p.m. Pictures with Santa — Take your own pictures — Free, Peoples Bank lobby

5-5:45 p.m.Merry TubaChristmas Concert, Murphy Theatre

5:45-7:20 p.m. Dazzling Stage Spectacular City Stage, Downtown at Main & South Streets

7 p.m. Parade leaves Clinton County Fairgrounds

7:25 p.m. Parade arrives downtown Main Street

For more information visit mainstreetwilmington.com.

The annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert, shown during last year’s event, takes place from 5-5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Murphy Theatre.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_tuba-1.jpgThe annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert, shown during last year’s event, takes place from 5-5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Murphy Theatre. News Journal file photos

A bit of Star Wars descended on Wilmington during last year’s illuminated parade.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_DSC_0114-1.jpgA bit of Star Wars descended on Wilmington during last year’s illuminated parade. News Journal file photos

Santa Claus will make a return appearance for this year’s parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. from the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_DSC_0127-1.jpgSanta Claus will make a return appearance for this year’s parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. from the Clinton County Fairgrounds. News Journal file photos

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com