ANITA – Residents and visitors to Anita on Dec. 8 can celebrate the Christmas season with the Christmas Walk.
According to information from the Anita Town and Country’s Facebook Page, the event will kick off with a Live Nativity Scene entitled “The Story of Christmas.” It will be held at the Anita Methodist Church from 3:30 to 4 p.m., and members will be accepting donations for the Anita’s Food Pantry during that time as well.
There will be a Kids Reindeer Race starting at the Anita Community Center at 4 p.m., and Santa will arrive in town at 4:30 p.m. by fire truck. He will ride down Main Street, and be available for visits at the Anita Public Library from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Children can bring their letters to Santa to the visit, so he can take them to the North Pole, and donations of cans of soup to the Anita Food Pantry can also be made during the visit. The Santa visit is sponsored by members of the Anita Town and Country Group.
A soup supper will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Anita American Legion Hall, and there will be hay rides from 5 to 7 p.m. Pick up and drop off for the rides will be on the east side of the fire station. The hay rides are sponsored by Todd and Kathy Russell.
There will be Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt from 5 to 7 p.m., and a list of items to find will be available at the Anita Community Center. The list should be turned in at the community center by 7 p.m.
Those who would like to get a photo of themselves in front of a Christmas scene can stop at the empty lot at 804 Maple Street during the walk.
Wendy Wittrock will be setting up the scene, and Michelle Carr will be taking photos.
Members of the Anita Congregational Church will be caroling and offering treats by a bonfire in Bandshell Park between 4 and 7 p.m., and candy and cookies will be sold at the Anita Public Library as part of Santa’s Sweet Shop during the same time.
Staff at the Anita Child Care will hold a silent auction at the Anita Fire Station, and all bids must be placed by 7 p.m.
There will also be holiday open houses at area business and vendor fair during the walk.
More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page - just search for Anita Town and Country.