The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Hometown Christmas celebration Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 7 p.m. on the courthouse square.
The event will offer parents a chance to get a start on Christmas shopping and children to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
"The program started out as a part of the promotion team in the Bloomfield Community Revitalization program. This is another event we have planned to bring people to the downtown area," volunteer Melinda Hendrix explained.
Several merchants on the courthouse square will have extended hours during the celebration, according to Hendrix.
She added several vendors will be located in buildings around the square. Vendors will include Apostolic Bibleway selling peanut brittle, popcorn and candles; Catrina's will feature hair accessories; Pam Kinnaman will be selling fiber art, raw fleece and yarn; and Dorries Miller will be selling Longerberger products.
Other vendors will include Vickie Aydt selling Mary Kay products; Kathy Stahl with Tastefully Simple products; Tonia Craig will be selling handmade jewelry; Psi Iota Xi will have baked goods; Stacey Corbin will have Usborne books and other products; Angi Cooper will be selling vintage button jewelry and handmade items; and Tri Kappa Sorority will be selling cheese balls.
Joe and Betty Nicholson will have handmade craft items; Stephanie Deckard will be selling Scentsy and Mary Kay products; Allison Oeding and family will have handmade note cards, headbands and Christmas ornaments; Rhonda Hoover will be offering Hoover Photography products; Lauren Tipton will sell Lia Sophia jewelry; Kacie Mitchell will have crocheted items and candy; and Ashley Bough will be selling Thirty-One products.
Vendors still have an opportunity to sign up for the event by contacting Hendrix at 384-8126.
"We are working with a couple building owners in town to find space, so if they could let me know within the next week that would be great," Hendrix said. "Some of the building owners that don't have the space rented out are letting us use the buildings."
Santa Claus will be arriving by fire truck to meet with children in the Santa House at the intersection of State Road 54 and S. Washington St.
Mrs. Claus will be reading Christmas stories to children.
There will be a presentation of Christmas music on the steps of the courthouse from 4 to 7 p.m., and will include performances by the Central Greene County Ministerial Association, Bloomfield Baptist Youth Choirs, Leslie Rollins and Brenda Flanagin, Bloomfield First Christian Church, Bloomfield School District and Laura Helms.
Bloomfield First Methodist Church will be serving chili, hot chocolate and cookies in the church basement during the event, and will also be hosting a candy and cookie walk.
There is also a carriage ride scheduled, which was canceled last year due to the rain.
Hendrix said despite last year's rainy circumstances the event was a success, even though the carriage ride had to be canceled and the music moved indoors.