The time has come again to Light Up Sugarcreek Dec. 4

The time has come again to Light Up Sugarcreek Dec. 4

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Often, those who visit Amish Country during the holiday season say there is nothing quite like it. Even if snow-covered streets don’t happen during Christmastime, the décor lining the cities and villages of the area makes up for it.

A specific Amish Country village is awaiting visitors for one of its most heavily attended annual events when Light Up Sugarcreek takes place Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m.

Village of Sugarcreek marketing administrator Christine Quickel said the free, family-friendly, outdoor event will take place in front of the cuckoo clock along Main Street, weather permitting.

“The event is co-hosted by the Village of Sugarcreek and the Sugarcreek Business Association,” Quickel said.

Free community parking will be available in the Factory Street lot.

Festivities are set to begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday when Santa and Mrs. Claus make their arrival, followed by live holiday music. The holiday lighting ceremony will then be held at 5:30 p.m.

“As part of the ceremony, we will honor our Business of the Year and name a local resident as Candlelighter,” Quickel said. “This year’s Business of the Year is MEB Systems. Our Candlelighter will be Lavone Daughtery.”

Throughout the three-hour event, there will be caroling, free horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout the village and opportunities for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Quickel said. “Be sure to be on the lookout for the Grinch, who will also be making an appearance.”

In case visitors get hungry for a snack or catch a chill and want to warm up, Quickel said there will be plenty of free hot chocolate, cookies and hot dogs, offered thanks to local organizations and businesses.

“The Alpine Hills Museum will be open for tours, and storytellers will be reading holiday classics,” Quickel said. “Be sure to check out the inside of the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum’s train depot on Factory Street, where they will be passing out sweet treats.”

Just a short distance from where many of the main events will take place, Sweetwater Farm will showcase a live nativity, also as part of the Light Up Sugarcreek celebration. Bahler Street Pizza will be onsite, serving up wood-fired pizza.

Several downtown shops plan to be open and feature special sales or holiday activities.

All children will receive a personalized Christmas ornament while supplies last.

Light Up Sugarcreek happens because of a small committee and a large group of volunteers who work countless hours to ensure a successful event each year.

“Light Up Sugarcreek is only possible thanks to our tremendous group of dedicated volunteers who begin planning for the event months in advance,” Quickel said. “A lot of hard work goes into setting up an event like this. Our street department hangs thousands of lights, local businesses and organizations provide donations of food and drinks, our local high school choir will be providing music, and residents of the village help with set-up and clean-up.”

With last year’s event canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Quickel said Sugarcreek is thrilled to once again be able to host this annual holiday tradition.