Visitors to the “Vintage Christmas on the Prairie” can expect a few new activities Nov. 22-23 to kick off the season at Prairie City’s annual event.
The celebration starts with a tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22, with young dancers presenting a couple routines at 4:15 p.m. and the lighting happening at 4:30 p.m. near city hall.
Saturday’s activities begin with the traditional American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Prairie City School cafeteria. The ornament hunt is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at downtown businesses and the bazaar with a prize for the one who finds all the ornaments and has their name drawn.
At 10 a.m. children can decorate gingerbread at the Teen Center, and at 11 a.m., Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck.
An adult holiday craft, creating a farmhouse wreath, is a new activity, happening from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Public Works building, next to Bar-W-B on Front Street.
Tours of vintage Prairie City homes, including Hotel Prairie, is another new activity.
To top off Christmas on the Prairie, members of the Prairie City High School FFA chapter will hold a dinner at 5 p.m. at the Prairie City Senior Center and an auction at 6 p.m.
Talents and Treasures, a nonprofit community group, has planned out many of the two days of events.
Wanda Winegar said three new people have joined the group this year.
“They jumped right in to help, and that’s been a blessing,” she said. “We’re excited to have new people in our group.”
For more information, call Winegar at 541-820-3675. See Page A7.