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Christmas arrives Saturday on Market Street

110615-COM-2015-250x180_bThursday is Thanksgiving, and two days later it’s Christmas – Christmas on Market at Osage City, that is.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to join in a celebration of our hometown heroes, and spend the day, Saturday, Nov. 28, having fun and shopping during the annual Christmas on Market.

Events will be held all day including the 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk,  a toy show, gingerbread building, chili cook off, 20 events in local businesses, a lighted parade and Santa, who will be flying into the Osage City Airport to greet the kids and start the holiday events.

Santa will fly in to Osage City, weather permitting, all the way from the North Pole for an exclusive visit with Osage City kids. All children and their families are invited to come out to the airport at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and watch his plane land. He will then be given a police escort into town riding on top of a fire truck. (Parking is limited at the airport; carpooling is advised.) The Osage City Police Department will direct traffic, and all spectators are asked to proceed to the designated viewing area upon arrival at the airport.

An early event of the day, the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, will give runners and walkers a chance to work off all that turkey. The 5K run/walk benefits the Warmth Fund, ECAT, ECKAN and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. A prize will be presented to the person who has the best Christmas costume or ugliest Christmas sweater, as well as a prize for the top male/female finisher. For more information, contact Jodi Stark at 785-528-5141.

Emergency Services Showcase

As part of the celebration of hometown heroes, and emergency services showcase will be on display 12-1 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and Main streets. Representatives of the Osage City police department, Osage County Fire District No. 2, Osage EMS, and the Kansas Highway Patrol will be on hand to greet visitors. Everyone is invited to stop by to tell these local heroes thank you for all they do.

Hero Wall

In recognition of hometown heroes, a Hero Wall has been established at Sixth and Market streets, where all heroes nominated will be on display in the window. See all the local hometown heroes who were nominated for doing great things for others!

Retail Poker Shopping

Retail poker shopping will be going on most of the day, with players picking up a card at participating businesses. Once each player has a full hand, they then take their cards to the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, to be checked. The holders of the winning hands will win great prizes. Details and rules can be obtained throughout the day at the senior center. These participating businesses  will offer cards: Artfully Quilted by Barbs, Ramblin’ Rose, John’s Barber Shop, Osage Hardware, Radio Shack, T-N-T Rent to Own/Video, Grandma’s Attic, Pueblo Restaurant, Salt Creek, Meadowlark Interiors, Buzzard’s , Bank of Osage City, Marilynn’s Restaurant, J’Adore Beauty Salon, Subway, and Schroeder Drugs.

Chamber of Commerce Christmas on Market Raffle

Purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be drawn by Santa at 4:45 pm at the Senior Center. Contact Barb Thompson 785-528-2605 for details.

Craft Show, Gingerbread House Building, Santa Claus

A great selection of decorating and gift items will be available for sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Osage City Elementary School. Enter the school from Fourth and Ellinwood streets. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be sold by Friends of the Osage City Public Library. The PTA will offer gingerbread house building for kids of all ages, and Santa will be there to visit kids 2-3 p.m. Call 785-554-5039 for more information.

Window Decorating

As you shop and stroll through the city, be sure to check out the store window fronts decorated for the holidays. This year’s Christmas on Market winners were: Grandma’s Attic, first place; Gibson’s Pharmacy, second place; Osage Family Care, third place.

Winning businesses have signs displayed in their windows.

Lighted Christmas Parade and Downtown Lighting

All individuals and groups welcome to participate in the Lighted Christmas Parade on Market Street, which begins at 6:30 p.m. For registration contact Dena Brown-Gardner at 785-528-5223. At the end of the parade, approximately 7 p.m., a lucky individual will get to throw the switch to turn on all of the downtown’s Christmas lights.

For complete schedule of the day full of Christmas on Market events, click here or visit

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