Christmas comes to Springfield Dec. 5

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By Geoff Hamill

As with Christmas every year, Santa Claus is coming to town, and Springfield is no different!

Old St. Nick will be back in Springfield for his annual visit on Saturday, Dec. 5, but this time, he will be doing things a little differently. Rather than take that long flight on his sleigh, Santa will arrive in town on a shiny red helicopter, which will land at Washington County High School. Santa will arrive around 11:30 a.m., and a fire truck will get him from the school to the Opera House, where he will begin his busy day of visiting with boys and girls at noon and stay until he has seen each and every one.

Santa may be among the highlights of the day, but the Christmas festivities kick off early Saturday morning with Breakfast in Bethlehem, hosted by Springfield Baptist Church. The meal runs from 8-11 a.m., and is by donation only, with donations going to the church’s building fund. In addition to the meal, featuring homemade waffles, sausage and more, there will also be a presentation about the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas at the Opera House will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will feature the Christmas Crafters’ Market, which will include fine handmade arts and crafts on display and for sale. There will also be live music courtesy of the local children’s theater, as well as other musicians playing on the Opera House’s baby grand piano.

For that sweet tooth in all of us, you can pick up homemade baked goods from the Washington County Homemakers’ Christmas bakery.

When Christmas at the Opera House wraps up at 4 p.m., there’s time for a break before St. Catharine College hosts “Beautiful Music of Christmas,” which begins at 7:30 p.m. with songs performed by The Mid-Kentucky Chorus.

“This is a very festive event, with music at the Opera House and also, top-notch crafters,” said Laurie Smith, Springfield city administrator. “This is a great opportunity for people to come out and shop locally. We have crafters coming from all over the state, but it’s also a great time to promote shopping locally throughout our community.”

Kathy Elliott, assistant city project coordinator, added that the city has been busy promoting the local Christmas activities on radio, TV, and in print across the state.

“We’ve had inquiries from all over the state about our Christmas activities, and it’s becoming more popular every year,” Elliott said.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the weekend of excitement continues with the live Lion’s/Rotary Radio Auction, which begins at 1 p.m. The auction can be heard live on WLSK 100.9 FM radio, and you can call (859) 336-3939 for more information.

A special brunch will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mordecai’s on Main, featuring Christmas music by Brandon Holder. Mordecai’s will also host a special performance of “A Tuna Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Central Kentucky Community Theater.

Neighboring communities will also be busy celebrating the Christmas season, including events in Lebanon, Loretto, Gravel Switch and more. For a complete listing of items in Washington County and neighboring communities, see the full-page ad in the Dec. 2 edition of The Springfield Sun.