Carbondale shares its holiday spirit during Sunday Christmas celebration

It’s a community celebration of Christmas in Carbondale on Sunday, with a parade, horse rides, mini-train rides and a visit from Santa Claus.

The events begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 8, with a business and craft fair opening in the ELM Community Building.

Local Girl Scouts will host a chili lunch at the ELM building beginning at 11. Horse rides for donations start at noon west of the ELM building.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a variety of activities will be offered at the Carbondale Library, as Santa arrives in Carbondale for a visit. Parents are invited to bring their cameras for photos with Santa, and kids that have been good all year can personally deliver their Christmas want lists.

At 3 p.m., judging will begin for the cookie bake-off; call 785-836-7638 for contest information.

Mini-train rides, at $1 each, also begin at 3 p.m., with an elf available for photos.

At 4 p.m., Main Street will be closed between Second and Third streets, with cocoa served on the ELM building front porch. Staging for the parade also begins at 4 p.m., while the Santa Fe Trail Choraliers and the Santa Fe Trail school band perform at the community tree, which will be lit before the parade begins at 5 p.m.

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Business and craft fair

The business and craft fair promises gift ideas for everyone, including homemade baked and canned goods, nuts, handmade wool products, quilts, crocheted, knitted and fabric crafts, hand crafted jewelry, candles, home décor, stocking stuffers, novelty items and collectibles. For more information, contact Mary Burgett at 785-836-7887.

Information thanks to Mary Burgett.

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