There’s no place like Vermillion for the holidays Full slate of activities planned by merchants

There's no place like Vermillion for the holidays Full slate of activities planned by merchants Employees of the Vermillion City Street Department enjoyed unusually warm weather this week as they decorated light poles and trees in downtown Vermillion for the upcoming "Come Home for the Holidays" events planned by local merchants and the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce. by David Lias Vermillion merchants, with assistance from the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce, kick off a full slate of holiday activities Friday, Nov. 22.

Santa will be in town and will formally welcome the holiday season to Vermillion at 6 p.m. Friday by flipping the switch and light the holiday decorations downtown.

From 6:15 to 8 p.m. Friday, kids of all ages are invited to have supper with Santa at the Vermillion Public Library. Crafts and entertainment will be provided. Shoppers are encouraged to enjoy the stores featuring "scents of the season."

An ESA bake sale � "Scents of Baking" � is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 16 East Main Street (the State Farm Insurance building).

On Saturday, Nov. 23, horse drawn sleigh rides will be held in downtown Vermillion from 1 to 4 p.m.

There will also be open skating at the Little City Skate Park, located at 911 N. Norbeck, the former Sioux Tools Building. Youth may rollerblade or bring their skateboards.

Admission is $5 or free if youth are accompanied by their parents. Call 624-0127 for more information.

Young people may also visit Santa Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Vermillion Public Library. Story time with St. Nick will be held from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Adults may enjoy a Christmas tea Saturday, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Goebel House. Pre-registration is required and availability is limited. Call 624-5571 to register.

The doors of the Austin Whittemore House, 15 Austin Street, also will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday for tours.

Participating Vermillion merchants will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to give people ample opportunity to do their holiday shopping in the community.

Sunday, Nov. 24 will begin with a waffle breakfast fund-raiser at the Eagles Club, 114 W. Main, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 624-5571 for more information. The event is sponsored by the Vermillion After Prom Committee.

A free movie, The Grinch, will be shown at Vermillion Theatre at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Participating stores will be open Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Upcoming events include a free movies at Vermillion Theatre at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

A candlelight tour of homes will begin 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Call 624-8266 for more information.

The W.H. Over Christmas Festival will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the museum. The annual event features crafts, music, exhibits and a bake sale.

A community lighting contest will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Listen to KVHT FM 106.3 Dec. 19 to learn who were named winners of the event. All homes with their lights on will automatically be qualified.

This year's holiday events will culminate with Celebrate Vermillion at the DakotaDome from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31. There will be activities for all ages, and fireworks will be launched at midnight to usher in the new year.

Participating stores will remain open until 7 p.m. Dec. 16-19, and Dec. 23. They will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

The merchants will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24.

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