The Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce teamed with businesses for this year’s annual Hometown Christmas event held on a chilly Sunday afternoon November 27 in Vandalia.
Many young area residents took part in this year’s Gingerbread House Making Contest that was moved from the Historic Church Building to the Woodward Building.
Abigail Hunn took first place, Katie Elzea placed second, and Amaris Melvin’s creation took third.
A Chamber Bucks drawing was also held. The two top $50 winners were Michelle Kurz and Edna Long. The four $25 winners were Marilyn Love, Betty Abington, Brenda Elliott, and Julia Silyman.
This year’s event started with the annual Soup Dinner to benefit Angel Tree at the Vandalia Fire Department. The event was sponsored by the Dianthus Club and Vandalia Fire Department.
Santa Claus visited many young area residents in the Vandalia Hotel.
Mrs. Claus was at the Vandalia Area Historical Society’s Museum and the LaFemme Arts Club helped everyone stay warm by serving free hot chocolate in front the museum.
The Coupon Drop was held at 2 p.m. behind the Historical Church Building.
Vendors sold items at the Vandalia Hotel, Woodward Building, and St. John Lutheran church.
The annual parade was followed by the Vandalia Play Care singing a selection of songs. They were followed by Adas Jacyna’s presentation on the true meaning of Christmas.
Ellen Roy sang “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.”
Adam Finney also made a presentation on the importance of loving one another and enjoying time with family. He also shared a few words to remind those in attendance of the birth of Jesus Christ and it being the real reason for the Christmas season. The tree at Railroad Park was lit at the end of the event.