Hometown Christmas Celebration
The Davis County Courtyard is all decked out for the season thanks to the efforts of Bloomfield Main Street volunteers. New lights and decorations have been added to the display and will put shoppers in the holiday spirit as they take part in the Hometown Christmas Celebration this weekend.
The weekend festivities begin with a new event — Ladies’ Night Out — on Thursday night. Several businesses will be open to accommodate holiday shoppers as they stroll the square looking for gifts for loved ones. While shopping, the ladies may also want to stop in and see the Festival of Trees on the east side of the square between 5 and 7 p.m.
Shoppers have traditionally turned out in large numbers to enjoy the Taste of Christmas. Many Bloomfield businesses will be serving samples and sharing recipes of their favorite Christmas treats between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.
Several Bloomfield businesses and vendors will also offer holiday specials Friday.
The Festival of Trees will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Santa is looking forward to visiting with children in his house from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday’s festivities begin with a 5K run — the Ugly Sweater 5K — at 10 a.m. on Franklin Street. Runners are encouraged to bundle up in their ugliest sweaters and register prior to the starting time if they haven’t pre-registered online.
The Festival of Trees will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, and shoppers will find many Christmas bargains offered by downtown businesses and vendors throughout the day.
Kids will enjoy visiting Santa between noon and 2 p.m. in his house in the courtyard, then going to the Iowa Theatre for a free showing of “Arthur’s Christmas” at 2 p.m.
The highlight of the Hometown Christmas Celebration will bring many visitors to Bloomfield as Rudolph’s Jolly Holiday Parade departs from the Davis County Middle School at 6 p.m. The lighted parade will travel to the Bloomfield Care Center before traveling along the west and south sides of the square and returning to the school via Franklin Street.
Bloomfield Main Street sponsored its first lighted Christmas parade last year. The response from participating organizations and onlookers was far greater than anticipated, so it is with great anticipation that the community awaits this year’s parade.
Plein Air Paintout
While Bloomfield Main Street’s Hometown Christmas Celebration is centered in the downtown area, plein air artists from several states will be scattered around the county painting local outdoor scenes. The public is invited to watch and visit with the artists as they work.
The artists will return to the Kay Burchette Cultural Center by mid-afternoon, frame their paintings, and have them on display for public viewing between 4 and 6 p.m. Many of the paintings will be offered for sale as well.
Spectrum will also host a soup supper in the Cultural Center from 4-6 p.m., serving several kinds of soup, relishes, and desserts during the Plein Air Art Show and Sale.