In 2017 Spencer Main Street, Inc adopted the Christmas at the Square festival giving the festival a permanent home in downtown Spencer. Spencer Main Street is an organization working toward the revitalization of downtown Spencer, Indiana. Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.
SMS is continuing the tradition of involving many organizations to bring the festival to life.
The following local business and organizations are giving to the Christmas at the Square and the community by:
Spencer Lions Club makes sure that Santa is available for children to take photos with for the festival. The Lions Club also hosts Santa the week after the festival for photos with Santa.
The Spencer Tivoli (under the operation of Owen County Preservation) host a movie related activity during the Christmas festival. The Tivoli also offers a variety of holiday movies and special events during December. Some of the upcoming specials include It’s a Wonderful Life, the Bloomington Community Band, and a live production from the Owen County Civic Theatre. Visit their website for more information and a schedule of upcoming events.
Spencer Evening World always has his camera in hand to capture the memories of children visiting and sharing their wishes with Santa during the courthouse activities. Orders for prints can be places at the Spencer Evening World following the festival.
Delta Theta Tau offers “reindeer dust” as part of the courthouse activities of the festival. Each year the Delta Theta Tau members hand out a package of oats & sparkles. Children are instructed to sprinkle dust on lawn and the reindeer will find their home by seeing sparkles. As Santa delivers the gifts his reindeer will have a special treat by eating the oats.
Owen County Garden Club offers a craft project for children & adults to make when the visit the courthouse during the festival.
C.A.R.S. (Child Adult Resource Services) may be found in the courthouse distributing hot cocoa and snowman soup during the festival.
Come to the courthouse hungry and pick up a hot dog served by the Owen County Sheriffs’ Department.
Sweet Owen Tourism will be donating the prizes for the youth coloring contest. You can also stop by the Tourism office on Market St during the festival for an open house.
Members of Alpha Delta Chapter of Tri Kappa hand out free books to children. This year member of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Tri Kappa will hand out books to children at the courthouse.
The Owen County Public Library will be hosting story time in the Courthouse during the festival. A variety of books are selected by the library and then children may join in as a librarian reads aloud to the children.
The Owen County 4H Fishing Team hosts a Christmas Carnival each year for the public. The Christmas Carnival has a variety of games for children to play as instructed by members of the Fishing Team. Visit the In God’s Arms (IGA) building for the FREE Carnival.
Rob Babbs of Babbs Supermarket invites Santa to leave reindeer at the store while he visits with children downtown. From 11a to 2p the public can visit with reindeer at Babbs Supervalu.
Need to get Santa a letter? Stop by and visit the gals from the Owen County Chamber of Commerce for help writing a letter to Santa.
The Owen Valley Fire Department volunteers to set up and remove the courthouse dome lighting each year.
Spencer Exchange Club members sell fresh cut Christmas trees at the lot next to Babbs Supervalu starting after Thanksgiving. Spencer Exchange Club also donated the cash prizes for window decorating contest.
While the weather does affect Verl & Debbie Keith being able to offer carriage rides at the festival. Each year they plan to be available. Let’s hope folks can hear those sleigh bell jingling as they come together for a sleigh ride together.
Shop local by stopping by a small business while they host open houses during the festival. When you shop local at the festival you are supporting church mission trips, helping families have a brighter Christmas, promoting an individual, and investing in your community.
This holiday season buy gifts local by shopping among your neighbors, friends, and community. Everything you need for a happy holiday right here at home. Shop among the wonderful assortment of independent artists, designers, crafters, and bakers will be available at the festival awaiting your support.