Due to the extreme heat forecasted for Thursday August 24, the final Uptown Getdown event…
Marion’s Annual Christmas in the Park celebration promises an evening of family fun on December 1 from 4 – 8 p.m. in Uptown Marion. Organizers are excited to announce the return of horse drawn rides, a traditional part of the event that has been missing the past three years.
The event will welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 4 p.m., escorted by the Marion Fire Department and Police Department. Visits with Santa will immediately follow in a new, indoor location. Children are encouraged to bring their letter to place in Santa’s Mailbox.
Marion’s Community Peace Tree will be lit in a special ceremony at 6:00 p.m. In addition, attendees will enjoy popcorn and hot cocoa, while supplies last. Performances by the Heart of Marion Community Choir, School of Rock students, and Trinity Presbyterian Singers throughout the night. Don’t miss a special appearance by Adorable Princess Parties.
Donations of new hats, mittens, blankets, or socks will be accepted for the Keep Your Neighbors Warm campaign. Items can be dropped off the night of the event or delivered to the Marion Chamber of Commerce office, 1070 7th Avenue, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8.
Uptown Marion Main Street will host the Peppermint Walk, a holiday shopping event. The Peppermint Walk will feature a variety of Uptown Marion businesses decked out for the holidays.
Due to the event activity in the Uptown Marion area, drivers are reminded to use caution and yield to pedestrians and the horse drawn carriages. As part of the event, 7th Avenue between 10th and 12th Streets will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. and will reopen to traffic at 9 p.m. following the event.
Christmas in the Park and the Peppermint Walk is presented by the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Marion Main Street. This is a free community event thanks to Marion Chamber Platinum Community Partners – Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, MercyCare Community Physicians, Summit Pointe Senior Living, and Z102.9 with support from the Marion Hotel/Motel Grant program.
See the schedule below for full details.
2023 Schedule of Events
All activities are FREE thanks to our event sponsors
Arrival of Santa Claus | 4:00 pm Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to Uptown Marion on 7th Avenue.
Visit Santa | 4:00-8:00 pm Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at a new store-front location, 1104 7th Avenue! Drop off your letter in our magic mailbox. Our elves will help guide you in and out of the house and show you where to place your letter.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides | 4:00-8:00 pm Create a special memory by taking a horse-drawn ride around Uptown Marion. 7th Avenue on the north of City Square Park.
Peace Tree Lighting | 6:00 pm Join us for lighting of Marion’s Peace Tree in City Square Park
School of Rock Performance | 5:00 pm Join students from School of Rock in Marion for special holiday performance in the park.
Adorable Princess Visit | 5:30 – 7:30 pm Visit the princesses in person and pose for a photo.
Heart of Marion Community Choir | 5:30 pm Join the Heart of Marion Community Choir for a sing-a-long near the north plaza
Trinity Presbyterian Carolers | 6:15 Sing along to familiar favorites
Library | 4-8:00 pm Kick off the holiday season with MPL during this year’s Peppermint Walk! Visit the library for fireplace photo-ops, musical entertainment, seasonal movies, snowflake making, story times, and other festive activities. The library will remain open until 8 p.m.
Family Fun Activities | 4-8:00 pm Enjoy traditional event activities including holiday music, popcorn from El Kahir Shrine and hot cocoa while supplies last. Bring a new, cold-weather item to place inside our festive truck and help Keep Your Neighbors Warm. Look for all our festive photo ops throughout the event for the perfect picture!
Peppermint Walk | 4-8:00 pm Visit participating Uptown Marion merchants, restaurants and businesses during this special holiday open house. Stores will be decked with holiday lights, decorations and music making this a great compliment to the Park activities. Present a receipt from a purchase made during the event at any Uptown Marion business and be registered to win a $50 Uptown Dollars certificate valid at participating Uptown businesses. Receipts can be presented at the Marion Chamber & Uptown Marion office, 1070 7th Avenue.
Christmas in the Park and the Peppermint Walk is presented by the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Marion Main Street. It remains a free community event thanks to our Marion Chamber Platinum Community Partners – Farmers State Bank, ImOn Communications, MercyCare Community Physicians, Summit Pointe Senior Living, and Z102.9.
For more information on the Christmas in the Park and Peppermint Walk event, please visit the Marion Chamber of Commerce website at www.marioncc.org or visit our Facebook page.