Holiday cheer arrives at Osage City, Lyndon

It might seem like Halloween was just last week, but believe it or not, Christmas is just 48 days away. The calendar says Thanksgiving is late this year and that means November will almost be over on the official start of Christmas shopping season, Black Friday.

But for those who can’t wait for the holiday season to begin, two area communities have planned an early start. At Lyndon, the Reindeer Raffle 2013 has begun, and the Osage City Area Chamber of Commerce will be lighting up Osage City with old-fashioned Christmas cheer on Nov. 16.

Reindeer Raffle 2013

Lyndon’s Winter Festival is planned for Dec. 7, with Santa taking time from his busy work to appear in the parade that day, but the Reindeer Raffle 2013 began Monday, with reindeer making guest appearances at local businesses. To play, pick up reindeer raffle tickets at participating businesses, find all nine reindeer each week and enter to win prizes in a drawing to be held Dec. 7 at Lyndon High School. Completed entries can be dropped off at Lyndon City Hall, 730 Topeka Ave., P.O. Box 287, Lyndon, KS 66451 by 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Old Fashion Christmas on Market

At Osage City, the town’s Christmas opener on Nov. 16, themed as Old Fashion Christmas on Market, will include a day full of activities, concluding with lighting the downtown’s decorations and a lighted Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m.

The Osage City Chamber will also be sponsoring a retail shopping game, which awards prizes based on poker hands. Poker Shopping  players must register at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., between 9:15-9:45 a.m. and must be 18 years of age with valid identification. After registering, players have until 4:15-4:45 p.m. to check in at the senior center with their poker hand. No purchase is necessary, but players must visit five participating retail businesses to pick up an envelope with a card sealed inside. The winner of Poker Shopping will be determined after check out has closed at 4:45. Winners will be determined according to Five Card Stud Poker rules. Chamber Bucks, which can be used like cash at Osage City businesses, will be awarded for first, second and third places. For more information, contact Robyn Williams, of Edward Jones, at 785-528-8177.

The day’s activities get under way with the Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast at the Osage County Senior Center at 7 a.m. After breakfast will be the Jingle Bell Run 5K, with the starting line at Landmark National Bank. The 5K walk or jog will benefit the Warmth Fund, ECAT, ECKAN and the Osage City Area Chamber of Commerce. The participant who has the best Christmas costume or ugliest Christmas sweater will win a prize. For information about the Jingle Bell Run 5K, call or text Jodi Stark at 785-528-5141.

Other activities during the day include: Table settings display, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Osage County Senior Center, sponsored by the Osage City Friends of Library; centerpieces, wreaths and trees display, 9 a.m-5 p.m., also at the senior center, sponsored by Osage City Pride; craft show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Osage City High School cafeteria and gym, contact Janet Bosworth at 785-554-5039 to register; at 1 p.m. will be Christmas story time at the Osage City Public Library.

To kids’ delight, Santa Claus will visit the Osage City Elementary School cafeteria 2-4 p.m. At the same time and place will be gingerbread building fun, hosted by the Osage City PTA and Saucy Lady BBQ.

If it’s a cold day, a hot bowl of chili might warm everyone up before watching the parade, with a chili cook-off beginning at 4 p.m. at the senior center. All are invited to the chili feed served up by the contestants beginning at 4:30 p.m. For more information about the cook-off, contact Corey Linton, Osage City Parks and Recreation, at 785-528-4610 or [email protected]

At 4:45 p.m., the drawing for raffle prizes will be held at the senior center.

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