Downtown Urbana to host weekend of holiday events

Downtown Urbana will host a variety of holiday events this weekend, including Santa’s arrival and a horse parade this evening.

Shops in the city’s downtown Monument Square District openrf at 10 a.m. today, and children’s activities began at 3 p.m. Street carolers and carriage rides will begin at 5 p.m., and a tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Legacy Park. A lighted horse parade will take place at 6:30 p.m., including Santa’s arrival.

Santa will also be downtown after the parade at the Gloria Theatre, 216 S. Main St., to visit with children and for photos.

After Friday, Santa Land will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday until December 23.

The Monument Square District also recently hosted a holiday-themed window decorating contest, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the Champaign Economic Partnership. Kaleidoscope, an antique store, took first place while Martin Insurance took second. Brecount Law Office took third place in the contest, she said.

The village of West Liberty will also host a Christmas in the village event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 201 N. Detroit St. in the village.

Businesses, including Marie’s Candies, will host open houses throughout the day. An old-fashioned community soup dinner is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. in the village fire house. There will also be an annual luminary run at 5 p.m. and a Christmas parade at 6 p.m.

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