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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: Twenty year veteran children's entertainer and actor Phil Cale dresses in his Santa suite for his 6th year playing the professional role of Father Christmas at Stanhope Gardens Shopping Centre on December 6, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Straight Down The Line Promotions is one company training and supplying hundreds of Santa's to Australian suburban areas, Phil Cale will see an estimated 4000 children during his 35 day assignment at Stanhope Gardens Shopping Centre this year. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

The 7th Annual Orleans Christmas on the Square is set for Sat., Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Historic Congress Square (town park) downtown.

Family fun holiday event Wrap up and join us in historic Downtown Orleans for this very special community holiday happening.

Sponsored by Orleans Chamber of Commerce with support provided by our Community Partners Duke Energy, Visit French Lick/West Baden, Dollar General, HD Graphix, and Profab.

(New Kick Off Event)  4 p.m. Annual Santa Hat Run/Walk FREE. All Ages Welcome to Participate. Bring your Santa Hat & join the fun. Meet near bandstand

The popular Children’s Christmas Funtime Express (train ride) returns and will provide rides around the decorated historic Congress Square. FREE

Live holiday entertainment is planned throughout the evening including special performances from the O.E.S Choir, O.H.S Band.   Special Musical Guests “Ladies for Liberty”  will perform a FREE Christmas Concert from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the new Bicentennial stage located in the southwest corner of the park.  Don’t miss it!

Nativity with live animals telling the traditional Christmas Story, sponsored by the Orleans Ministerial Association. (South Side of Square)

Horse & Carriage rides, weather permitting. Rides will leave from Chamber Welcome Center, located on north side of square

Santa Claus arrives downtown that evening via the town’s restored 1926 Peter Pirsch Firetruck at around 5:10 p.m. or so at the historic  decorated picturesque bandstand,  and the official town Christmas Tree.  Members of the Orleans Elem. School Choir under the direction of Mrs.  Deb Edwards are expected to be on hand to greet Santa in Song. Youngsters will be welcome to visit with the Jolly Old Elf and share their Christmas wishes.   Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Free “Postcards to Santa” available from the Chamber Welcome Center, located on the north side of the square. Santa’s Mailbox in front of Chamber office.

A number of vendors are expected to be set up inside the park area that evening including Tri Kappa who will be offering up warm drinks, food items, and other homemade holiday goodies for purchase.

Mt Pleasant Baptist Church will be serving free coffee and hot chocolate at this year’s Christmas on the Square Come by their booth set in the park to pick up a treat bag for the kids and register in a drawing to win a prize!

12 U Indiana Trailblazers will also be setting up and offering warm food & drink that evening.

Some business owners around the square have also announced plans to be open during the event and invite attendees to stop in including Sprigler’s Market & Deli.

For more event information contact the Orleans Chamber, 812 865 9930, www.historicorleans.com