It may still be October, but Plain City is gearing up for Christmas.
The village’s annual holiday event, Christmas Under the Clock, will return to downtown for the 15th time this year. Deadlines are approaching for various contests.
The event will be held Dec. 3 at Main Street (State Route 161) and Chillicothe Street in Uptown Plain City. Presented by Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) this heartwarming holiday favorite continues the traditions that have made it a family favorite.
Since 2010, the honor of flipping the switch to light the Bicentennial Park Christmas tree has been awarded to the winners of the Christmas Under the Clock Coloring Contest, also known as the Tree Lighting Pixies.
Children 10 and under are invited to participate in the coloring contest to determine who will be the Tree Lighting Pixies. Winners are chosen by Plain City Mayor Darrin Lane in three age categories: 5 years and under, 6-8 years, 9-10 years. Children from the entire 43064 area code are eligible to participate.
In his first year in office, Lane readily accepted the responsibility of choosing the winning entries.
A minimum of one entry from each age category will be chosen and at press time the total number of winning entries has not been finalized. As if kicking off the official Plain City holiday season with the switch flip isn’t enough, each Pixie will have their entry returned framed with a prize ribbon to commemorate the moment.
The official entry form to be colored and completed with contact information can be found at www.uptownplaincity.com. Entries must be received by Friday, Nov. 18 and all winners must be available to participate in the Tree Lighting at Main and Chillicothe streets under the Clock Tower at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.