The very popular annual Christmas in Our Hometown will be held in Liberty on Sunday, Dec. 8.

It begins with the opening of businesses. Liberty Restaurant is the first to open at 6 a.m. Others open around 11 a.m. including Pizza King and Cup for a Cure Chili which will be served in the Woodruff's parking lot by the Union County Cancer Association.

El Reparo opens at 11:30 a.m. while The Grande Ole Porch and Accents Flowers opens at 1 p.m. Accents has a special with 20 percent off storewide.
Union County Foundation's open house begins at 1:30 p.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m.. There will be refreshments, door prizes and an ornament craft.

From 2 to 6 p.m., Paper Street Bakery is offering free hot cocoa and a variety of Christmas cookie samples.

Santa's mailbox on Union Street will be accepting Letters to Santa from 2 to 6 p.m.

Also, the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department will have hot cocoa and cookies available at a booth on the courthouse lawn.

Another organization on the courthouse lawn will be Department of Natural Resources employees. From 2 to 6 p.m., they will be making Christmas tree cookie ornaments with the children.

Also, another business offering free coffee and hot cocoa is Midwest Insurance. It is open from 2 to 6 p.m.

Liberty Depot Museum will be open for two hours during the afternoon, from 2 until 4 p.m.

Terry's Beauty Shop will have free paraffin hand dips as well as massages by Brynn from 2 until 6 p.m.

The Union County Development Corporation will have a booth on Union Street where people can sign up for prizes to be given away following the tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. People must be present to win the prizes. There will also be a kids raffle. VFW Ladies Auxiliary will raffle two large stockings. It is free entry for every child up to 10 years old.

At 3 p.m., the LVFD will bring Santa to town. He will then be available at the cabin until 5 p.m. Whitewater Commons is providing the hot cocoa and cookies for those visiting with Santa. Also, beginning at 3 p.m. is the free Christmas Barrel Train. It will continue until 6 p.m.

There will be a Mrs. Claus Children's Scavenger Hunt around the courthouse for children 12 years and younger. All participants receive a prize. Signups are available at the UCDC booth.

Union County High School Choir will be caroling on the courthouse steps beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Free carriage rides last from 4 to 6 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adults.

At 4 p.m., the Union County High School Spanish Club will be caroling on the courthouse steps with the Carols being in Spanish.

Then, at 6 p.m., is the much enjoyed Lighted Christmas Parade. It will be on Union Street starting at the UCHS parking lot behind the high school. Participants should meet in the UCHS parking lot at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas tree lighting will then take place at 6:45 p.m. with the community and children drawings to take place after the lighting.

There is an added bonus this year. Union County Prosecutor A.J. Bryson has set up a $500 prize for the best decorated Liberty business.

For additional information, call the UCDC at 765-458-5976.