First Friday presents Home for the Holidays

Nov 22

First Friday presents Home for the Holidays

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive by carriage on the Courthouse Square at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, as First Friday presents Home for the Holidays. After their arrival, the jolly couple will meet with children inside Bind Cafe. Visits with Santa are sponsored by David E. Granger, Edward Jones Financial Adviser.

Their visit is just a small portion of the holiday fun planned at First Friday, which will take over downtown Kokomo from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Already a fan favorite, the holiday window decorating contest has a new twist for 2017. By casting your donation votes, you can have your say in who wins The Great First Friday Light Fight and also help a local nonprofit. Each participating downtown location will designate a non-profit to benefit from the votes collected. The window display that receives the most donations through noon Friday, Dec. 8, will win the People’s Choice Award and an additional $100 for its designated non-profit.

The Courthouse Lighting Ceremony will be at 6 p.m., followed by Christmas music with First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Part of the display will be the lighted flagpole tree created by IBEW Local 873.

Children can write letters to Santa and also make a woodcraft at Carpenters Local 615.

Sponsored by Security Federal Savings Bank, there will be carriage rides departing from the Depot District on Buckeye Street. Riders will be taken around the Courthouse Square and back to the Depot District, where you’ll find live Christmas music, a roasted marshmallow station and free hot chocolate from Oakbrook Church, and more.

“December First Friday is always just a little extra special,” said Susan Alexander, manager of Downtown Initiatives for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “While you’re downtown, be sure to shop for your holiday gifts at all the fine retailers. You can have a great evening out and also get all the gifts on your list checked off as you stroll beautiful downtown Kokomo.”

Other First Friday happenings include:

  • Visit Bona Vista’s new gift store on North Buckeye Street for free candy and cider.
  • Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer will have fresh popcorn, games with prizes for kids, and a personal invitation to its Christmas services.
  • Artworks Gallery is ready for Christmas with gifts of original artwork, décor and more. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the gallery will host Kokomo Symphony which will perform selections from “The Messiah.”
  • The Coterie will have WLRS live in concert from 8 to 11 p.m. Join them for craft cocktails, craft brews and the music of Gary Rhum and other local musicians.
  • See the new offices of Bayliff, Harrigan, Cord, Maugans & Cox at 319 N. Main St. You can tour the newly renovated building with historical flare and enjoy light appetizers.
  • Benchmark Family Services will have several giveaways and also share information on what it takes to become a foster parent.
  • Grace United Methodist Church wants you to experience the Celebration of Lights, the church’s annual animated light and music show. The lights will be turned on at 7 p.m. during First Friday and then every evening thereafter from 6 to 10 p.m. until the holiday season is over. The church at 219 W. Mulberry will also have hot chocolate and cookies.
  • Student leaders within the Bridges Outreach program will be passing out Blessing Bags to anyone who needs it. The bags contain a light meal and sacks and will be given to anyone hungry or wanting to pass the food onto someone else. They will also be selling hot chocolate to benefit Bridges students.
  • Stop in at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library to play reindeer games and also get registered for the 4th annual Rudolph Family Fun Run set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Kokomo.
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