Dec. 2 event to be bigger and better
The Henryetta Chamber’s Hallmark Christmas is returning again this year, with plans for an even bigger event.
Kelly Dobson and Valerie Mosco, the duo behind the event that was such a success last year, shared some of the details for this year.
The Hallmark Christmas will be held the first Saturday of each December, so this year’s event is Dec. 2.
“This is our second year to do the Christmas event … We’re really all excited because we have so much stuff planned for this year. It was really successful last year, and so we are really expecting another big eventful year.”
More vendors have been added this year. Hallmark Christmas will be from 4-9 p.m. in downtown Henryetta.
— Reindeers Make an Appearance “First of all, that morning, we’re going to have live reindeer. Santa’s actually flying in early, so you’ll get a peek at him and the reindeer and Mrs. Claus at the Chamber of Commerce Pocket Park (the Roy Madden Park.)” The reindeer will be here from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and attendees will be able to purchase a picture with the animals. The handler for the reindeer will be there to share some information about them.
“Then, Santa is going to put the reindeer up for the day, and he’ll be back for the Hallmark Christmas that night. We’re going to have lots of shopping, vendors, we have our live nativity coming back; entertainment, hot cocoa, Santas pictures, lots of photo opportunities this year.”
— Vendors & Live Trees There will also be a live tree farm at the event, so if you don’t have a tree or wish to purchase a live one, they will be available, along with wreaths, garlands and tabletop trees. They’ll also have wreaths and garden streets.
— Food and More!
Rustler’s BBQ is one of the confirmed food vendors this year, along with the Chamber of Commerce planning on food and drinks.
“We also are going to have an open fire, like with a chuck wagon, he’ll be cooking on open fire and that’s gonna be gonna be awesome. We’ll have carriage rides like last year.”
The evening events include the tree lighting ceremony along with the Christmas Parade which begins at 6 p.m.
This year’s route will pass in front of the park so that those in attendance won’t miss out on the fun and lights, and still be able to enjoy the Hallmark events.
Volunteers are still needed, along with vendors. Contact the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce, see their Facebook page, and look for more updates on the Henryetta Hallmark Christmas page on Facebook.
“We’re expecting a big crowd so you know, we really want to try and come out. It’s a good family and fun community experience … and don’t let the weather keep you back. You know, of course it’s gonna be cold, but we will have lots of warming stations throughout the park, too, and lots of hot chocolate and coffee. It was cold last year and everyone was awesome,” Mosco and Dobson said.