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Christmas is here: Osage City opens holiday season with ‘Holly Jolly Celebration’

It seems like it was just Halloween, but this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, it will be Christmas at Osage City, as the town celebrates Christmas on Market Street. Social distancing and masks will be encouraged for the fun and festive holiday event with this year’s theme of “Holly Jolly Celebration.”

In addition to shopping for gifts, activities will be held throughout the day including biscuits and gravy to go at the senior center, lunch, virtual visits with Santa, 10th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, 150th Anniversary Pictorial Postmark, senior center sewing projects, in-store activities, local stores’ gift exhibition, gingerbread house building, barn quilt ornaments, photo booth, farm fun time, bake sale, non-perishable food, gloves, coats, hats and blankets collection drive, raffle drawings, Kansas City Chief’s Wolf mascot, free retail poker run, axe throw, emergency services showcase, child passenger seat check, story time, quarter bingo, and the traditional lighted Christmas parade.

Santa will arrive on a fire truck, but with the need of social distancing, he regrets that he will not get to have the children sit beside him and give him their wish list this year; however, he will have virtual visits 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. at the senior center. Children can plan to come to the senior center for a virtual visit with Santa in his workshop and tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa will leave his workshop to ride in the parade and wave to the children along the parade route.

A toy expo at McCoy’s will feature some of the season’s hot toys and electronics with demos and giveaways.

The Christmas on Market Street raffle will have nice items to be given away, and raffle tickets are available up to the time of the drawing. The tickets are being sold at many Osage City businesses including AuBurn Pharmacy, Branded Designs, Canine Country Clips, Furniture Loft, Hair Designs by Diane, Harmon Dental, Marilynn’s Restaurant, McCoy’s RadioShack, Osage City Public Library, Osage Hardware, Ramblin’ Rose, Ridge Iron Grill, Subway, and the senior center the day of the event. The raffle drawing will be held at Sixth and Market. The Chamber encourages everyone to attend the drawing but winners do not need to be present to win.

There will be an additional raffle this year in conjunction with the regular raffle, with Peterson Assisted Living donating a Ruger 10/22 rifle to be given away at the same time as the regular raffle drawing. Gun raffle tickets may be purchased at AG Choice, Bank of Osage City, Barber John, Haskins Oil, NAPA, ORBIS, Osage Hardware, Salt Creek Fitness, and at the senior center on Saturday.

See the schedule of events below:

Christmas on Market Street, Nov. 14, 2020
Schedule of Events

  • 8-10 a.m. senior center, Council on Aging, biscuits and gravy to go
  • 8 a.m. Mini donuts and burritos, 6th St. between Market and Holliday
  • 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Marilynn’s Restaurant, 1216 Laing Street; order from the menu. Enjoy a homecooked meal.
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Osage County senior center “Sewing Chicks”. Tour their sewing facility and view some of their sewing projects
  • Elementary School Jingle Bell 5K Run. Contact Will Kerns, 785-633-6716. Parking lot, register 7:45 a.m. Race begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • 9-11 a.m. 150th Osage City Souvenir Pictorial Postmark, senior center. Postal clerk will be available to stamp the commemorative pictorial postmark on your own stamped envelopes. Bring your stamped Christmas card envelopes, too. Stamped envelopes will be available for purchase either by cash or check.
  • 9 a.m. Ridge Iron Grill, 611 Market St., breakfast burritos, coffee, cocoa, cider and Bloody Mary bar.
  • 9-11 a.m. Landmark National Bank. Stop by for a bag of treats, north side of bank.
  • 9 a.m. Osage County Farm Bureau Association and Willing Workers 4-H Club, 509 Market St. Join us for a fun time on the farm.
  • 9 a.m.-noon Osage County Fair Association Barn Quilt Ornament, senior center. Enjoy creating and painting an ornament; $8 for supplies.
  • 9 a.m.-noon Osage Hardware Stop by and make a craft, 533 Market St.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Retail Poker, 5-card stud, cash prizes; senior center. Visit participating businesses to pick up a free envelope with card. Turn in your cards 1-2 p.m. Contact Robyn Williams at 785-528-8177 for details. Winners will be announced at the raffle drawing at 2:15 p.m.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 4-H Willing Workers and Osage County Fair Association, bake sale, pecans, walnuts, cashews and chocolate covered peanuts. Market St.
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Branded Graphics, 530 Market St. Stop by and make a mask decoration.
  • 9:30 a.m. Santa Arrival on Fire Truck Downtown
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ramblin’ Rose, 635 Market St. Store drawing; visit the store for details.
  • 10 a.m.-noon Santa virtual visit, senior center. Stop in and have a virtual visit with Santa. Tell him what is on your Christmas Wish List.
  • 10 a.m.-noon McCoy’s RadioShack, 521 Market St. Come check out the 2020 toy expo
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Furniture Loft drawing for all ages, 523 Market St. Stop in and register for a chance to win an accent table that we will be giving away.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Manhachet axe throwing from Manhattan. West side of Landmark Bank. Try your skills throwing an axe at a target in an enclosed area; admission fee.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Subway, 104 W. Market St. Stop in, kids enjoy a cookie.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Conrad Carlson Charitable Foundation, Santa Fe Depot. Free photo booth set up for you to take a photo.
  • 11 a.m. Lunch and snacks outside dining court, Sixth Street between Market and Holliday, food vendors.
  • 11:30 a.m. Emeline Fuller art, senior center. Pet and people portraits. Have your portrait drawn.
  • 12-1 p.m. Emergency services showcase, Sixth and Main. Stop by to visit and thank local emergency services personnel. Osage County Sheriff’s Office child passenger seat check lane; safety technician will be on site making sure car seats are installed correctly.
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Story Time at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St. Listen to a story and make a Christmas tree ornament.
  • 1-4:45 p.m. Sidewalk chalk art, senior center. Create holiday art with the sidewalk chalk that will be provided.
  • 2-4 p.m. Santa virtual visit, senior center.
  • 2-4 p.m. Gingerbread house building, Osage Hardware. Pick up a free gingerbread house kit; sponsored by Osage City PTA.
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m. Raffle drawing. Need not be present to win. Sixth and Market.


  1. Jerry’s Thriftway-$100 Groceries
  2. Jerry’s Thriftway-$100 Groceries
  3. Haskin’s Oil-$100 Fuel
  4. Haskin’s Oil-$100 Fuel
  5. Evel Knievel Museum/Topeka Harley Davidson-Four Adult Tickets
  6. Topeka Symphony-Season Membership Package for 2
  7. Topeka Symphony-Season Membership Package for 2
  8. Kansas Children’s Discovery Center/Topeka-Two admission passes
  9. Osage City Municipal Golf Course –18 holes of golf for 2 including golf cart
  10. Osage City Municipal Golf Course–18 holes of golf for 2 including golf cart
  11. West Ridge Lanes/Topeka-Four 30 Minutes Bowling Passes
  12. Rolling Hills Zoo/Salina-Four Children Passes
  13. Manhatchet Axe Throw/ Manhattan-Private Lane up to Seven People
  14. Salt Creek Rehab and Fitness – 3 month Single Membership and Joining Fee
  15. Leap Trampoline Park/Topeka – Four unlimited day passes
  16. Stormont Vail Events Center/Topeka – Certificates for any event in 2021
  17. Prairie Band Hotel and Casino/Mayetta- 1 Mid-Week Hotel stay and $50 Gift Certificate to Three Fires Steakhouse
  18. Fire Keepers Golf Course/Mayetta- 18 holes of golf for 2, includes golf cart
  19. Branine Chevrolet Buick – Free oil change and vehicle inspection
  20. Sky Zone/Topeka – Four 60 minute jump/four free pair of sky socks
  21. Bonkers/Topeka – Basket of 2 $25 Playcards, 4 Playmaze passes, prizes

Contact Jeanette Swarts, 785-249-5451, for details. Raffle tickets available in advance at local businesses, and at the senior center on Saturday.

  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. Quarter bingo, senior center. Winner takes the pot, bring your quarters.
  • 4:45-5:45 p.m. KC Chiefs Wolf Mascot, downtown; meet and take a picture and get an autograph. KC Wolf will also participate in parade
  • 4:45-5:15 p.m. Parade float judging, Flint Hills Beverage.
  • 5-5:30 p.m. Parade line up, west end of Market Street.
  • 5:45 p.m. Downtown holiday lighting Sixth and Market St.
  • 6 p.m. Christmas lighted parade, Market Street. For registration, contact Adam Burnett, 785-760-0621. All individuals and groups welcome to participate. Floats, marching bands, emergency service vehicles, decorated golf carts, ATVs (Must be 17 years or older to drive golf carts and ATVs in the parade.)

Social distancing and masks are encouraged during this event.

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