The Onida City Crew returned from their Thanksgiving break and went to work Monday morning decorating the city in welcome for this Friday’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas celebration. The Noel that greets residents and visitors to the business distric...

The holiday season kicks off in Onida with the annual ’Twas the Night Before Christmas celebration this Friday. The event once again promises to be jam-packed with warm drinks, great company, and fun activities for the entire community.

Community members are invited to make their way through town, stopping at each store and taking advantage of the great service and many sale items. Discover some of the bargains to be found up and down Main Street in the advertisements within this issue.

At the Phoenix Center more than a dozen area crafters and vendors will have their wares on sale.

Stop in the former Vilas building south of the Phoenix Center to warm up and enjoy the kids activities and photo backdrop. Alongside Mrs. Claus, who will be waiting for all the children to come see her from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Wheat Land Lions Club will have free popcorn from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pop across the street to the depot in front of the Onida Watchman to take a ride on the kiddie train from 5:00-7:00 p.m. operated by the Sully Buttes FFA Chapter.

The Sully Buttes cheer squads will have face painting at the Silver City Symphony studio a block south of the Phoenix Center.

Inside the Phoenix Center bid on a chance to dunk a local luminary in the Sully County Fair board’s polar plunge dunk tank, dunking to start at 6:00 p.m.

Santa is expected to arrive on an Onida Fire Department fire truck around 7:00 p.m.

Jane Brehe will provide rides for all ages on her horse-drawn wagon from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Now in its 29th year, activities will culminate at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks display in front of the courthouse, sponsored by BankWest, Onida Electric, OAEDC, Oahe Grain, Sunrise Bank, Ringneck Energy and CHS River Plains, immediately followed by the parade of lights. No prior registration is required to enter the parade. Floats should line up at the Methodist Church prior to the fireworks display.

Vendors who will be at the Phoenix Center include: Jordan Lee of JBS Country Store with hand crafted and shabby chic décor; Melissa Lehr of M-Pressive Print & Design with printed shirts, cups, towels, pot holders, aprons, key rings and other gift items; Tammy Larson Thibodeau with painted plaques, welcome boards, etc.; and Sadie Omland of Discovery Toys and Fischer Unique Finds are new to Onida vendors while Faye Chambliss with jams and jellies; Tracy Scott with spa items: soap, bath bombs, candles, wax melts, and handmade tumblers; Audra Jensen Hageman with western baby bibs, blankets, etc; Maureen Droz of Jafra with cosmetics and skin care for women, men and children; Teresa Boe of Loose Threads with knit and crochet hats, scarves and accessories; Ken Lyons with cutting boards; Sully County Fair board with cocoa bombs, a Fair fundraiser; the Homestead Quilt Guild with their fundraiser quilt raffle; and Holy Cross Lutheran Church with their lunch stand and bake sale are returning vendors.

Contact Marileen Tilberg 222-3264 if you want to be included in the vendor show.

Sponsors of the ’Twas the Night Before Christmas celebration are Onida Area Development Corporation and the Onida Chamber of Commerce.