While you will still be able to see Santa ride in on a fire truck, a few big things have changed at this year’s Morgan-made Christmas celebration.
The event that will be held on Dec. 2, 2017, will now be called “Hometown Christmas.” While city officials have promised that the event will remain on Commercial Street, the new name encompasses all the new businesses who will be participating but aren’t necessarily located on this iconic roadway.
Details are still in the works for the day of the event, but anticipated activities include many of your past favorites with some new twists. Santa will arrive on the fire truck as usual, but in an effort to give Santa a little more time to get ready for Christmas Day, there will only be one visit to Morgan this year.
The Lions Club Santa event, which has been happening for over 50 years now, traditionally takes place the week before Christmas. However, for the first time in many years, the date has changed, allowing the Lions Club to join forces with Hometown Christmas.
Lions will still be on hand to serve as elves handing the treasured bags of old-fashioned candies to the pleased children after they’ve told Santa their Christmas wishes.
Combining these two events also brings the hay rides to Hometown Christmas. These rides have come to be loved and appreciated at the Lions Club event and will be a great addition to the small-town feel of this Commercial Street celebration.
Also new this year, residents will spend Nov. 25-Dec. 1 visiting different businesses throughout the county to get stamps in their Hometown Christmas passport. Each business listed on the passport will have a Christmas tree, a gingerbread house, or other holiday décor in their store front. These pieces of art will be auctioned off at the end of the event and proceeds will benefit a local Sub 4 Santa campaign.
Residents may vote on their favorite piece of holiday cheer as well as put in a bid on these unique items throughout the week. Anyone who has filled their passport can hand it in at the event on Dec. 2, and be entered to win one of many gift certificates that can be redeemed at any of the businesses they visited.
The Grinch was not available to make it to the festivities, but choirs and dance groups will light up the historic Vallis Hotel stage.
Free cider and popcorn will be distributed, sponsored by Morgan City and Morgan Grace Fellowship. If hot chocolate is your thing, Grounds for Coffee will have plenty of the good stuff for only $1. And what is hot chocolate without a cinnamon roll? Morgan Mercantile will also have plenty of $1 cinnamon rolls on hand.
Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn and Front Street Gifts will be sponsoring the Christmas train this year, free for all the children to enjoy.
You will also find a new event housed outside the Front Street Gifts store front. Lesa Gilgen and Dava Jensen of Coldwell Banker, along with Tara Rese with Fairway Mortgage, will be hosting a Christmas costume pet parade. Man’s best friends will be strutting their stuff in their best holiday attire for residents to enjoy. Contact Lesa for more details.
The city is looking for someone to head up the kid’s games this year. This is a great opportunity if you are looking for fundraising options. If there is a school or dance group, etc., who would like to earn some money and have fun with tiny tots all at the same time, contact Ty Bailey at the Morgan City offices.
The Morgan Elementary School PTO will be hosting a fundraiser of their own doing face painting and tinsel hair inside Salon Roots, located in the back of Grounds for Coffee.
If you have elementary age students, please don’t forget to enter the coloring contest sponsored by Morgan Valley Crafts. The prizes are always great and there are three age groups to win in.
The gingerbread contest is being headed up by the Morgan Chamber of Commerce this year. Because businesses will be auctioning professional gingerbread homes this year, that category will be removed from the traditional local contest. This year the contest will include only a family category and three kids’ categories. The family category will have first, second and third place cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 respectively. The kids’ categories will have fun, age-appropriate prizes, and every child gets a participation prize just for bringing in their creations. Please pick up an application for this contest at Farm Bureau, Morgan Valley Crafts, or Morgan City offices. Details are included in these applications.
The event will wrap up with a tree lighting and carols around the tree at 5:30 p.m.