Madison County residents have plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit this weekend with activities in downtown Anderson, at East Side Church of God and in Lapel.
The festivities will kick off with the Anderson Indiana Main Street’s Winterfest at 10 a.m. today downtown. Families can enjoy food, crafts and hot chocolate. For the first time, children can drop off letters to Santa Claus outside of Moneyhun’s Fine Gifts at 115 W. Eighth St.
“We’ll take those letters and Santa Claus will write a note back to the kids,” Nancy Moneyhun, AIMS president, said.
The Anderson Center of the Arts will have its own version of Santa with a winter princess that children can take pictures with, director Deborah Stapleton said. The venue will also have crafts, a new exhibition, cookie decorating and a children’s gallery where kids can “visit” five different countries.
“I know during the holiday time there are so many demands on people’s budgets, especially families,” she said. “You can come and do something with the family at Winterfest without it costing a lot.”
Winterfest event locations today:
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Your Way Café, 1023 Meridian St.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Red Door Vintage & Thrift, 645 Meridian St.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Moneyhun’s Fine Gifts, 115 W. Eighth St.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Soroptimists’ Cookie Walk at the Union Building, 1106 Meridian St., lobby
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Conscious Creations, 1019 Meridian St.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Madison County Historic Society, 11 W. 11th St.
Noon to 8 p.m. – Anderson Center for the Arts, 10th and Jackson streets
3:30 to 5 p.m. – Anderson Public Library, 111 E. 12th St.
4 p.m. – Greater Light Church, 317 Marine Drive
4 to 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. – The Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza
4 to 7 p.m., Daybreak and Visiting Nurse Care, 1304 Main St.