Vevay and Switzerland County (IN) will be all aglow with holiday events and activities throughout the month of December.
The fun begins with the December 6 Vevay Main Street “Deck the Walls” First Friday event from 6-9 p.m. Late night shopping, dining, store specials, art openings and free carriage rides are available in downtown Vevay.
Entries are being sought for the “Deck the District Wreath Decorating Contest.” Sponsored by Vevay Main Street, wreaths will be accepted at the Switzerland County Visitors Center on Wednesday, December 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The contest is open to any individual, group or business in Switzerland County with wreaths to be delivered to 128 West Main Street in Vevay. Winners will be selected on First Friday with prizes to be awarded. Additional information and rules is available by contacting Michele Thompson at (812) 427-9406 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Switzerland County Tourism invites visitors and locals to “don us now in bad apparel”—Christmas apparel that is—during their First Friday “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest. Categories include: All-Around Ugliest; Most Festive; and Most Likely to be Avoided at the Annual Christmas Party. The contest is open to youths and adults and men and women. Participants are encouraged to wear sweaters or vests accessorized with their craziest Christmas hats, plaid pants and skirts, ties, wild socks, scarves, and mittens. Judging will take place at the Visitors Center around 8:00 p.m.
While supplies last, on December 6 youths are invited to make a festive jingle bell necklace from 6-8 p.m. at the Visitors Center. All activities are free and open to the public.
In anticipation of the 2nd annual Vevay Christmas Parade and Festival of Lights at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, “Light Up Vevay” will take place Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in downtown Vevay. The event features store specials and activities at shops and eateries. Be on the lookout for an ornery and playful Scrooge and an Elf on the Shelf roaming downtown beginning at noon. Guests are invited to bring a camera for photos with Scrooge and the Elf in town and at the Switzerland County Visitors Center at 1:45 p.m.
A free jingle bell necklace craft for kids will be held at the Visitors Center while supplies last. A complete list of “Light Up Vevay” activities and participating businesses will be available at the center.
The 2nd annual Vevay Christmas Parade will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The parade will begin with the “Ringing of the Bells,” a simultaneous bell ringing by downtown churches and sites. The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church bell will chime at 3:55 p.m. to signal the onset of its Saturday church service. The Switzerland County Baptist Church; Switzerland County Historical Society (former Presbyterian Church); and Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church will participate in the 4 p.m. bell ringing to begin the parade.
The Historic Switzerland County Courthouse will sound its usual top-of-the-hour four rings.
Parade onlookers are invited to bring their own hand, sleigh or jingle bells to help ring in the parade. The parade committee asks that in the spirit of the occasion that attendees refrain from using any air horn or noisemaker-type devices.
Vevay Christmas Parade entries will be accepted until Wednesday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m. There is no charge to enter and prizes will be awarded. Entry forms can be picked up at the Switzerland County Visitors Center, MainSource Bank in Vevay or by calling (812) 427-3237. The grand prize is $200 for the best overall entry; $150 first place; second place, $100; and $50 for third.
The parade will cruise down Vevay’s Main Street and proceed to Paul Ogle Riverfront Park at 100 Ferry Street. Afterwards, cookies and hot chocolate will be served while children can visit with Santa.
After the parade, a special judging for the “Best Decorated Fire Truck” will take place by former firefighter and State Representative Randall Frye. A $200 check will be awarded to a charity selected by the winning Switzerland County fire station. Fire trucks from all areas are invited to participate but only trucks from Switzerland County are eligible for the special award.
At dark, the light up of Vevay’s Christmas tree will take place as a spectacular sight of thousands of holiday lights make up this year’s Paul Ogle Festival of Lights. Sponsored by Switzerland County Tourism, Vevay resident Shawnna Ramsey and numerous town employees and volunteers spent hours arranging and installing the breathtaking holiday exhibit along the Ohio River. The lights will be lit each night throughout December.
Enjoy examples of Christmas past through two historic home tours on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience a simple Country Christmas at the 1820’s Venoge located at 111 State Road 129. A more modern 1860’s Christmas celebration will take place at Thiebaud Farmstead, located at 5147 East State Road 56. Both historic sites are located in Vevay. For more information on a Country Christmas, contact (812) 427-3560 or log on to www.switzcomuseums.org.
For information on Switzerland County, tourist activities and holiday events contact the Switzerland County Visitors Center at (812) 427-3237, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.switzcotourism.com. Information can be found on the Switzerland County Tourism-Vevay, IN, or Vevay Christmas Parade Facebook pages.
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