'Christmas in Cobden' celebration planned Saturday

The community is invited to be a part of a new Union County holiday celebration.

The first "Christmas in Cobden" celebration is planned Saturday, Dec. 5, in Cobden.

A variety of seasonal activities are planned throughout the Union County community.

The celebration is being sponsored by the Cobden Community and Business Association and the Village of Cobden.

Christmas bazaars featuring decorations, crafts and homemade items are planned at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parish hall and the Union County Museum's General Store.

Hours for both bazaars are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yellow Moon Cafe and anthill gallery will present a group artist holiday exhibition titled "Off the Wall" which will feature locally made gift ideas in art work and fine crafts.

Fir-Sure Tropical Foliage will offer holiday plants. Wine Trail Antiques will be open for business.

A toy, book and food drive is planned, with dropoff bins at US Bank, "The Old Feed Store," Yellow Moon Cafe and other participating locations.

Activities are scheduled to include carolers, afternoon surrey rides, a live Christmas display by the First Baptist Church, selling of trees in the downtown area, an open house at the Illinois Council's Technology Center and other holiday events.

"The Old Feed Store" on Appleknocker Drive plans to host an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A visit from Santa Claus is planned from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Treats will be given to children.

Parents are invited to bring a camera for pictures. A hospitality table featuring snacks, cookies and beverages is planned.

A wreath contest conducted by the Cobden Grade School will be on display. A gingerbread house contest sponsored by the Cobden High School Beta Club is planned, along with other activities.

The Cobden Post Office is scheduled to be present from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to issue a special pictorial "Christmas in Cobden Appleknocker" cancellation.

Music is planned from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

(The open house is scheduled to continue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.)

At 5 p.m., Santa Claus will lead a walk from The Old Feed Store downtown for the lighting of a Christmas tree.

Refreshments will be served and caroling is planned.

"Christmas in Cobden" information with locations and times will be available at all participating locations, and at Cobden Village Hall on East Maple Street prior to the event.

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