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Light Up events start Saturday

Several communities in the area will host Light Up events, with the first being Saturday in Corydon.
The 28th annual Light Up Corydon festival on the square in downtown Corydon will, for the third consecutive year, give residents and visitors a chance to show off their generosity by contributing food items to Harrison County Community Services food bank during the event.
Those who take a non-perishable food item to Light Up Corydon will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $250 shopping spree giveaway in downtown Corydon.
The Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau will handle the food collection and also will accept cash donations for those who come without a food item. Donations are merely suggested and not necessary to sign up for give-away. The shopping spree giveaway is open to those 21 and older; the winner must be present at the drawing.
‘Having a food drive on the heels of Thanksgiving is perfect timing for us to replenish our shelves for daily needs and for Christmas baskets,’ Rick Cooper, executive director of Harrison County Community Services, said.
Sugar Artists of Southern Indiana will again offer cookie decorating for kids and gingerbread houses, and the Harrison County Extension Homemakers will host their annual Cookie Walk.
The festival also kicks off sales for the annual Light Up Corydon ornament made by Zimmerman Art Glass Factory. The ornament will be available for $30 at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center, Butt Drugs and Town Square Gallery while supplies last. Proceeds go to Main Street Corydon to help with future funding for Light Up Corydon. This year’s ornament features the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corydon.
Festivities begin at noon with the merchant open house and free carriage rides around the town square.
Entertainment will take place on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand and at the Wright Interpretive Center (old Presbyterian Church). Featured entertainers will include the Corydon Dulcimer Society, Corydon Central and South Central High School Advance Choir and Jazz Band and singer Sara Wilson.
Many other activities are scheduled throughout the day, including registration for WKLO’s Kringle Jingle Kash Prize Giveaway.
Santa is expected to arrive just in time to light up the square. Children can visit with Santa and have their pictures made with him inside the First State Capitol after the lights are turned on.
Here is a complete schedule of Light Up Corydon activities:
Noon ‘ Merchant Open House begins
Noon to 9 p.m. ‘Free carriage rides on the town square
2 p.m. ‘ Sugar Artists of Southern Indiana’s cookie decorating for kids and gingerbread houses
4 p.m. ‘ Canned food donations benefitting Harrison County Community Services accepted; those donating will automatically e entered in shopping spree drawing
4 p.m. ‘ Registration for shopping spree drawing begins at booth near bandstand
4 p.m. ‘ Harrison County Extension Homemakers Cookie Walk begins
4 p.m. ‘ Corydon Dulcimer Society musical presentation at Wright Interpretive Center
5 p.m. ‘ Live Nativity Scene, live music, nativity collection display and sweets shop at Corydon United Methodist Church
5 p.m. ‘ Corydon Central/South Central High School Advanced Choir and Jazz Band perform on the bandstand
6 p.m. ‘ Sara Wilson performs on the bandstand
6:20 p.m. ‘ Live Storytelling of ‘ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ on the bandstand
6:40 p.m. ‘ Santa lights up the square
6:50 p.m. ‘ Drawing for shopping spree
7 to 9 p.m. ‘ Pictures and visits with Santa in the First State Capitol Building
Santa will return to the First State Capitol Building on Dec. 7, 14 and 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., for additional time with children.
On Sunday, Lanesville will have its Light Up event. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse-drawn carriage at 5:45 p.m., followed by the turning on of the lights at 6. Most activity will take place in front of the town hall and in the parking lot between First Savings Bank and Brickhouse Pizza. Vendors will be set up in the parking lot, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will talk with children in the town hall.
New Middletown will have a Light Up program Friday, Dec. 6. More details will follow.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Milltown will have its annual Light Up event beginning at 6 p.m. when the town lights and the lights on the downtown tree on the ‘great lawn’ next to the town hall will be turned on. Also, there will be a live nativity scene, caroling, free hot chocolate, snacks and horse and buggy rides.
For additional holiday happenings in Harrison County, visit online at or call 738-2138.