Plain City will kick off the holiday season next week with its eighth annual Christmas Under the Clock celebration.

Plain City will kick off the holiday season next week with its eighth annual Christmas Under the Clock celebration.

The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 with a tree lighting ceremony in Uptown Plain City at the city's clock tower, which will be accompanied by local carolers, the Jonathan Alder Band, and address by the mayor and an appearance by Santa Claus.

After the tree lighting ceremony, visitors can move to the Plain City auction to bid on holiday decorations donated by area businesses, according to a release from the city. While the auction began in 2006 with wreathes only, visitors now can bid on table-top trees, centerpieces and other holiday decorations.

Local businesses and organizations will also open their doors immediately following the tree lighting ceremony for hot drinks and other refreshments, along with prize drawings at each participating location. Horse and tractor-drawn wagons will also cart visitors to Yoder's True Value Hardware Store for photos with Santa Claus.

In addition to the tree lighting and extended business hours, Christmas Under the Clock will include a live nativity scene outside the Plain City Public Library, with additional music inside the library. Also, local church groups and organizations will gather at the Lovejoy Plaza on Main Street to hand out food and drinks along with songs and caroling.

Christmas Under the Clock is organized by the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO), the Plain City Business Association and the Village of Plain City. Proceeds from the Wreath & More auction will benefit the Plain City Food Pantry and the UPCO, to continue its efforts to preserve and revitalize the historic business district in Uptown Plain City, according to the city's release.

The eighth annual Plain City Christmas Under the Clock takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in Uptown Plain City, at Main and Chillicothe streets. The event is free and open to the public.

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