Santa makes his grand appearance in Ripley during the annual Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The parade route is along South Church Street (near Ripley High) to Main Street and concludes near the Jackson County Courthouse. The Viking Marching Band and the Toys for Tots train are among the entries. Santa is arriving courtesy of the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department.
Activities following the parade include the lighting of the Courthouse Gazebo at approximately 6:20 p.m. with music provided by the Jackson County Children’s Chorus.
Santa welcomes guests to his workshop, located adjacent to the Ripley Post Office. Kids will chat with the jolly gentleman and receive a treat. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Carriage rides are a new attraction, compliments of Main Street Ripley. Rocky Point Farms is providing two horse-drawn carriages making a loop through downtown beginning at the Courthouse. The free carriage rides continue through 8 p.m.
Earlier that day, shoppers will enjoy the Gingerbread Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church. Entrance to the Fellowship Hall is near the corner of Court and Sycamore streets. The Future Business Leaders of America Christmas Bazaar is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Ripley High Cafeteria.
Dec. 7 is the final day of crafters in the Main Street Ripley office from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 109 North Court Street.
Christmas at the Lakes is from 2-4 p.m. in the Craft House and Jackson Hall at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. The event features snacks with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house decorating, pets from the Jackson County Animal Shelter, and a showing of “Frozen,” accompanied by popular characters Elsa, Anna, and Olaf.
Sponsors include the Jackson County Family Resource Network and Carter Lumber. A donation to the local food bank is a suggested admission.
In addition to the parade, Ripley High’s award-winning band has a concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Alumni Auditorium.