[Content Courtesy: The Lebanon Reporter]

The cold and windy weather Saturday did very little to dampen the joy of holiday festivities throughout the City of Lebanon.

The exclamation of the evening took place when “the switch was flipped,” illuminating the city’s 26-foot-tall Christmas tree on the east side of the Boone County Courthouse. The spirit-filled Saturday began with Christmas in the Cabin at Memorial Park, followed by Christmas on the Square, and wrapped up with the annual Christmas Parade.

Visitors to Herr Cabin were transported to a rustic Winter Wonderland, complete with Christmas crafts, tasty treats, and the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Outside the cabin, the Lebanon Parks Department provided opportunities for free horse drawn carriage rides. Lebanon Parks Department Programs Director Allyson Morton said the carriage rides are always a big hit, with ride availability times being spoken for quickly.

“The available times for carriage rides filled up quickly again this year,” Morton said. “The staff at the Parks Department loves coming together for events like this one. We love seeing so many smiling faces, and it gets our staff in the spirit of the season, too.”

Downtown, the courthouse square took on the atmosphere of a Hallmark movie set of sorts. Outside the courthouse, visitors were treated to a Sweet Market, a food truck food court, games, live music, a photo booth, and live reindeer. Inside the courthouse, the rotunda was filled with performances by the Black Box Theatre Company, Pixie Playhouse, Fiddlesticks, the Boone County Youth & Adult Orchestra, and the crowning of Kappa Delta Phi’s Snowflake Princess. The Heart of Lebanon downtown enhancement organization helped organize the event. The group’s executive director, Missy Krulik, said a lot of moving pieces come together to create a festive experience for visitors.

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