Hannibal Country Christmas Nov. 23 and 24

Plans are underway for the celebration of the 10th Annual Country Christmas in the town of Hannibal Nov. 23 and 24.

This event kicks off the holiday season and showcases local merchants’ seasonal offerings.

Town merchants and organizations will be greeting guests, running specials and offering holiday treats. Each merchant also will offer a door prize.

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Community Center, 162 Oswego St.. Visitors can bid on decorated trees and wreaths from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

The theme is “The Polar Express”.  Trees and wreaths decorated with theme decorations will be eligible to win “The People’s Choice” Award.” And be sure to look out for the featured Pet Tree.

Call Linda Remig at 564-6643 for information or pick up an entry form at the library.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 24, the Hannibal Historical Society hosts The Village Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in the Village Square.

Festivities begin with Santa’s arrival, followed at 4:15 p.m. with a performance by students from Kami’s Kix Dance Studio. Community organizations involving students have been invited to set up tables where children can make crafts or families can make purchases.

At 4:45, the Port Byron Brass will begin playing songs of the season. Door prize drawings will take place, followed by the children’s parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Village Square.

Each child who attends this event will receive a gift from Santa, and be given an ornament to hang on the Village Christmas tree.

The Country Christmas merchants and organizations look forward to seeing everyone, and are excited to kick off this 2013 holiday season.

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