The 8th Annual Orleans Christmas on the Square is set for Sat., Dec. 9th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Historic Congress Square (town park) downtown.

5:15  p.m. 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 who will also officially welcome Santa in song,  O.H.S. Band and Special guests members of Amber’s Dance Studio of Salem  who will perform at 6 p.m. on Bicentennial stage located in the southwest corner of the park.

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 5:00 p.m. or so at the historic  decorated picturesque bandstand,  and the official town Christmas Tree.  Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take their children’s picture with Santa.

6 p.m. Christmas On the Square Hat Walk (New Event!)    Meet near bandstand area – Sponsored by the Orleans Public Library

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 homemade holiday goodies for purchase.  Mt Pleasant Baptist Church will also have a hospitality tent set up in the park as well.

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