Christmas stars, lights

MOUNT VERNON — Great deals, magnificent music, and family fun for all can be found at the 2019 Main Street Mount Vernon Christmas Festival.

Main Street Mount Vernon and its partners are thrilled to bring Christmas cheer and fun, free, family entertainment for the residents of Mount Vernon and beyond.

“We decided to try something a little different this year as a way to enjoy the festivities with family and friends a little bit longer,” says Heather Brayshaw, board member of Main Street Mount Vernon. “We hope everyone will come out and take advantage of the different activities and events as we celebrate the holiday season!”

The festival kicks off this Friday, Dec. 6, in partnership with The Lifeline, WNZR, with Lights & Carols. Santa will light the tree on the Public Square followed by group caroling. The carol sing along will be led by a local musical group: The Heritage Singers, the Mount Vernon Community Band, and TaVaci. Other music will be provided by The Lifeline, WNZR. Throughout the event, many local restaurant options will be available.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Christmas Showcase brings over 30 participating local businesses with a cavalcade of talented local performers, merry activities, and fantastic deals throughout downtown Mount Vernon.

Many local shops will also have a beautifully decorated window display contest following the theme, “Christmas in the Movies.” You will not want to miss out on what all these locations have to offer.

The lineup of events and entertainment this year will include music from various local musical groups, appearances from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a kids gift shop! Not to mention the old fashioned carousel, pony rides, and train rides, the Jinglebell Marketplace and so much more!

Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 pm begins the traditional Christmas parade! The theme is “Christmas in the Movies” and will include prize categories as in previous years. Local Mount Vernon News editor and previous Christmas Parade organizer, Corby Wise, will be this year’s grand marshal! Wise, grew up on the East side of Mount Vernon, three blocks from where he currently lives with his wife of twenty years, Carrie and their daughter, Eleanor.

He attended East Elementary School and spent much of his childhood walking, biking or skateboarding all over Mount Vernon’s shady streets. As a teen, Corby worked part time, on Main Street at his grandmother’s restaurant, Sweet William’s. While working at Sweet William’s he got to know many of the downtown business owners and developed an appreciation for all things downtown.

After graduating from high school, Corby attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, which would lead him to many far away locales. After college, Corby settled briefly in Louisville, Kentucky, but eventually came home to Mount Vernon when he accepted a position with the Mount Vernon News.

If you worked at the News, you were going to be involved in the Christmas Parade. The Mount Vernon News organized the Christmas Parade for nearly 30 years. Corby has been involved for over 20 years and spent the last 15 years announcing alongside, Ron Staats and most recently with his wife, Carrie Martin.

Corby is a past president of The Heritage Centre Association (currently Main Street Mount Vernon) and past chairman of Knox County Adult Day Services, he currently serves as chairman of the Woodward Local Food Initiative, on the Historic Review Commission for the city of Mount Vernon and serves on the board of the Mount Vernon Parking Company.

The parade will be announced by Jim Stoner and Marty Trese of the Mount Vernon Players. The parade route will begin at Mack Industries (formerly UPI) 400 Howard Street, head west on Howard Street, come up South Main Street toward the Square, around the square counter-clockwise, and continue up North Main Street ending at the Living Center. Many local restaurants will be open for refreshments before and after the parade.

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Hyman, Executive Director, at 740-393-1481.

Details for the Christmas Festival are listed at

The mission of Main Street Mount Vernon is to energize and strengthen an authentic and uniquely local downtown experience.

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