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Santa Riding Christmas Train


Santa riding Christmas train to Light Up

Your Holiday on Courthouse Square

KOKOMO, Ind. – Chug, chug, toot, toot, here comes Santa in his bright, red suit Saturday (Dec. 4) to Light Up Your Holiday with an old-fashion Christmas on the Courthouse Square in downtown Kokomo.

A decorated train engine tooting its whistle and Eastern High School’s pep band playing “Jingle Bells” will deliver Santa on the west side of the Courthouse about 1 p.m. Santa will “Ho Ho” his way to the north side of the Courthouse where he will set up shop in a newly-built Santa House and gather lists from good little boys and girls until 4 p.m.

Moore’s Home Health and Medical Supplies purchased the materials and Steve and Roger Addison of Addison Barns built Santa’s House, which will be on the north-east corner of the Courthouse lawn throughout the holiday season.

“Bring the entire family to downtown Kokomo and enjoy an old-fashion Christmas,” Event chairs Dick and Margi Moore of Moore Title and Escrow and Kim LaFollette of Community First Bank and Kokomo Downtown Association Council chair said. “A visit with Santa is free and parents can take as many pictures as they want.”

Children can go to Angie Meyers Design Studio, 104 W. Walnut St., and write a letter to Santa and place it in a special Santa mailbox outside the studio. They also can go to The Pointy Pencil, 108 N. Main St., and do free crafts, and take a seat in one of Kokomo’s new Trolleys and listen to Christmas stories.

Visitors can enjoy holiday window decorations, special sales by downtown businesses and light displays on the Courthouse lawn. Palmer’s Jewelry, 101 E. Sycamore St., also will be having its annual Open House, and Breezy Lane Carriage Co. will be offering wagon rides throughout the day.

Holiday vendors will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside 122, 124, and 126 W. Walnut Street (north side of Square) to fulfill grownups’ wishes.

Entertainment on the Showmobile stage on Walnut Street throughout the day includes Sonshine Boys, Acacia Academy, Civic Theater, and Children’s Curtain Call Theater. “Elvis” Susie Snowflake and other characters also may be strolling about the Square.

“We especially thank the businesses and individuals who stepped forward and donated money for the purchase of the light displays,” Dick and Margi Moore said, “and special thanks to our staff at Moore Title and Escrow, City of Kokomo Fire Department for hanging the lights on the Courthouse flag pole and county resident Philip McLane for donating several displays on the Courthouse lawn.”

Brad Ortman of Kokomo Grain is coordinating the arrival of Santa with the cooperation of the Winamac Southern Railroad, which is locally owned by Kokomo Grain; John Meyer, trainmaster, and Jeff Luttermoser, general manager of transportation for USRAIL, the engine owners from Toledo, Ohio; and Paul Crawford, general manager and Chris McGuire, trainmaster for CERA Railroad, the connecting rail lines from St. Louis, MO. 

LaFollette and the Moore’s encourage people to visit the vendors and downtown businesses and have lunch at downtown restaurants while waiting for Santa’s arrival, and then dinner while waiting for the night-time animated light show at Grace United Methodist Church at Taylor and Washington streets.

The Kokomo Downtown Association, a division of the Greater Kokomo Economic Alliance, Moore Title & Escrow and staff, and Community First Bank are event sponsors.

For more information, contact LaFollette at (765) 236-0600, or Dick and Margi Moore at (765) 459-3183.