Martinsville, Ind. – Holidays festivities will be available for the enjoyment by all this Saturday at Jimmy
Nash City Park.
As many prepare for the coming holidays and colder weather, there will be a number of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit this Saturday, November 17.
To start the day, head over to the Cookies with Santa and Holiday Shopping Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barbara B. Jordan YMCA gym. There will be vendor booths full of crafts, holiday décor, kitchen supplies, jewelry, bags, beauty care, clothing, and more.
Children can enjoy cookies and milk with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per child to decorate a cookie, get a picture with Santa and enjoy other holiday activities.
For our active residents, the annual 5k will start at 10 a.m. at the YMCA. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the course winding through Shireman Estates and finishing back at the YMCA. The winner of the 5k will receive a holiday turkey. A Giblet Race will be available for children around the walking path of the YMCA.
Sponsors of the YMCA 5k are IU Health Morgan, Morgan County Business Leader, Select Physical Therapy and Healthier Morgan County Initiative.
After a morning full of activities, head over to Jimmy Nash City Park, as the City of Martinsville and Barbara B. Jordan YMCA hosts a cornhole tournament from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to support Wellspring and the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
To enter the Turkey Toss Cornhole Tournament, a $2 entry fee per team should be dropped off at the YMCA front desk by 12 p.m. on Friday, November 16. Brackets will be available on Friday afternoon at the same location.
The winning team of the Turkey Toss Cornhole Tournament will receive a prize.
After attending the cornhole tournament, stay and enjoy hot cocoa and holiday decorations at Jimmy Nash City Park.
In its 25th year, the Festival of Lights welcomes residents to participate in decorating the park for the annual holiday light display. The day will start at 10 a.m. at Santa’s Workshop at Jimmy Nash City Park and is expected to run until 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.
The lighting display is funded solely by donations, so if you would like to donate, they can be sent to the Community Foundation of Morgan County at 56 North Main Street, Martinsville, IN 46151 or dropped off at the office. Checks should be made payable to the Community Foundation c/o Festival of Lights.
Opening night of the Festival of Lights is Saturday, November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at 6 p.m. Santa will make an appearance on a firetruck and hot chocolate and cookies will be available for children. The light display will be up until January 1, 2019.
For questions, contact the Mayor’s Office at 765-342-2861.