Celebrating the holidays
Again this year, local organizations, individuals and businesses have been a flurry with holiday event planning, hoping to make this year’s holiday season one to remember.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, a Community Thanksgiving Dinner is being offered on Thanksgiving Day.
The free dinner will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at The Main Event in Sabetha. A full meal of turkey and all the trimmings will be available at no charge; however, free will donations will be accepted. These meals can be picked up or can be delivered.
Event organizers ask that you RSVP by Nov. 18 to Karen at 785-285-1092 or Mariah at 785-285-2421.
Letters to Santa
Children are invited to write letters to Santa, and The Sabetha Herald and Sabetha Chamber of Commerce will help make sure they are delivered.
Letters should include the child’s full name, age and mailing address. All letters received by Wednesday, Dec. 15, will receive a hand-written reply from Santa.
All letters — and if desired, a submitted photo of the child — also will be published at no charge in The Sabetha Herald’s Christmas Greetings Special Supplement on Dec. 15. Letters for publication must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 3.
Please send letters in one of the following ways:
• Hand Deliver: Santa’s Mailbox, located inside Sabetha City Hall, between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3;
• Mail: Santa’s Mailbox, PO Box 208, Sabetha KS 66534;
• Email: email@example.com.
With the theme, “Candy Cane Lane,” Sabetha’s annual Window Opening is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. New this year will be a lighted Christmas Parade.
Lighted Christmas Parade: The community will light the way for Santa on Window Opening night with a Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Chamber is looking for anything with wheels that is decorated with Christmas lights, including emergency vehicles, floats, jeeps, golf carts, machinery, horses, etc., to participate. Participants are asked to line up in the old Midtown building parking lot at 5 p.m., and horses in the Wenger parking lot. The parade will travel west down Main Street and will turn south at Washington Street. First place parade winner will be awarded $50 and second place will be awarded $25. Please call the Chamber if you would like to register early. The Chamber also requests no sirens, as they don’t want to frighten Santa’s reindeer.
Community Christmas Tree: At 6 p.m., Santa will light the Community Christmas tree, which will be located on the southwest corner of Main and Washington streets, near the United Bank and Trust drive-up location. Members of the public are invited to make weather resistant ornaments for the tree. Children at Sabetha Elementary School are working on decorating ornaments in art class, and should bring those home. They are invited to place the ornaments on Nov. 26, or anytime after. The Chamber invites parents or community members to take pictures of their children placing their ornaments on the tree, then posting it on Facebook with the child’s name and tagging Sabetha Chamber. Each child’s name will then be placed into a drawing for a Chamber Gift Card.
Santa: Santa will arrive by firetruck and will visit with children from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall.
Live Reindeer: Santa’s reindeer will be at the southeast corner of Main and 11th Streets, near Aberle Ford. Children can feed the reindeer a carrot and have their photos taken in Santa’s sled from 6 to 8 p.m.
Angel Tree for the Elderly: The Chamber is sponsoring an Angel Tree this year, in an effort to cheer up Sabetha’s older citizens, since this past year has been difficult. Please contact the Sabetha Chamber at 785-285-2139 to add a name to the list. Names will be available Friday, Nov. 26, on a Christmas Tree in the lobby of City Hall. The tags will only have first names and a number on the tags. Those wanting to participate are encouraged to choose a name and purchase the items on the list. Please drop off the items at the Chamber office located in City Hall by Friday, Dec. 17, along with a signed Christmas card. The Chamber will wrap and deliver the items.
Christmas Caroling: Sabetha High School’s Odyssey and Infinity will sing Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.
In 2020, the Chamber, along with the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation, created the “City with Heart Assistance Fund.” The promotion “Shop Home For the Holidays” will kick off on Window Opening Day. For every $25 a person spends at a Chamber business, they are entered into a drawing for 30 $50 gift certificates. This contest will last through Dec. 31. The drawing will be held Jan. 5, 2022.
Light Up Sabetha
Anyone with a residence inside Sabetha’s city limits can enter the annual Light Up Sabetha House Decorating Contest, co-sponsored by the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce and City of Sabetha.
Prizes will be given for first through fourth places, as awarded by an independent judging committee. First place will receive $200, second place $150, third place $100 and fourth place $75.
Call the Chamber or City Hall to enter your own house or any other house you think is deserving. The nomination deadline is Friday, Dec. 17. Judging will take place Saturday, Dec. 18. Please have your lights on by 6 p.m.