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First Fridays ushers in Christmas season

The Christmas spirit will be in abundance at First Fridays in downtown Goshen

Posted on Dec. 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — Downtown Goshen Inc. is bringing in the Christmas season with the annual Hometown Holiday this Friday, Dec. 6.

Various holiday favorites will be featured, including caroling, Santa and Mrs. Klaus, the lighting of the tree and even a performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

The festivities kick off at 5 p.m., with Mr. and Mrs. Klaus available for photographs with children until 8 p.m. at the Goshen Theater.

Those feeling especially festive can go to the First Friday stage at the corner of West Washington and Main streets. There, the Chamberlain Children’s Choir will perform a medley of Christmas songs.

If you don’t get enough Christmas carols from the choir, about 20 minutes of caroling will take place on Washington Street while awaiting the lighting of the Christmas tree at 7 p.m.

Following the tree lighting, Goshen High School students will perform “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen Theater.

Another performance taking place Friday will be put on by the Parks Department’s Dance in the City class.

The group will perform the “Twelve Days of Christmas” on the First Friday stage at 6 p.m.

As the season is also a time of giving, First Fridays will be collecting canned food, toys, games, hats and mittens at the stage to donate to The Window.

The giving theme will also reach North Fifth Street, where Goshen City Church of the Brethren will host a “Holiday Extravaganza.”

The church will host a benefit for Heifer International and Soup for Success. Donations will be collected to help people throughout the world through Heifer International or to buy soup from Elkhart’s Soup for Success to help families in need.

Non-holiday themed activities will include a book signing at Better World Books. Goshen College professor Duane Stoltzfus will be on hand from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to sign copies of his book “Pacifists in Chains.”

The Window will also hold a West African groundnut stew meal for a suggested donation of $8. The meal will be available from 4:45 p.m. until 8 p.m.

For more information on Hometown Holiday, visit cityonthego.org.

Schedule of events

4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.: First Friday meal, The Window, 223 S. Main St.

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Santa and Mrs. Klaus photos, Goshen Theater, 216 S. Main St.

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Goshen Gives Back! drive, corner of West Washington and Main streets

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Holiday Extravaganza, Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St.

6 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.: Twelve Days of Christmas dance, corner of West Washington and Main streets

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Book signing, Better World Books, 215 S. Main St.

6:20 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.: Chamberlain Children’s Choir, corner of West Washington and Main streets

6:40 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Christmas caroling and tree lighting, West Washington Street

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Goshen Theater, 216 S. Main St.

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