Wilmore prepares to celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way

Published 12:14 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For the 26th year in a row, Wilmore will host an all day event celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way. 

Wilmore’s Old Fashioned Christmas will be on Saturday, December 3 in various locations in downtown Wilmore. 

The day will begin with the annual Wilmore Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. in Wesley Village Dining Hall. The cost is $5 each or $1 for preschoolers.

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Activities throughout the day will include model train displays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., craft fairs and a holiday market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilmore Christian School of Ballet.

There will also be a pottery sale at The Potter’s Inn, an Angel Memorial Walk on the Downtown Greene, the AdventureServe Ministires Fundraiser Dinner near Wilmore Presbyterian Church, the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilmore United Methodist Church parking lot on Main Street and the Grand Finale beginning at 8 p.m. at the Wilmore United Methodist Church. 

The finale will consist of the All-Town Choir and Salvation Army Student Fellowship, and throughout the day several businesses in downtown Wilmore will be hosting open houses. 

Amy Fitch, Director for Wilmore Parks and Recreation, said there is usually around 2,000 people throughout the day and night who take advantage of the event. 

“There are some additional open house events this year that will help event-goers have more to do during the event,” Fitch said. “But it usually stays the same year after year.” 

Wilmore Old Fashion Christmas was originally started by John Fitch, Nancy Lindsay, Betty Price and Harold Rainwater as a way to showcase downtown businesses and local musicians, Fitch said.

“And it still serves that purpose,” she said.  

Food will be sold at various locations, and light refreshments will be available at some downtown tables. For more information, visit http://www.wilmore.org or for the complete list of events visit  http://bit.ly/2gHSevp.