Staff Writer

JEFFERSON - - Saturday will be a busy day in the village with a full schedule of activities to celebrate the holiday season.

For the 14th year, the downtown merchants are hosting their annual holiday celebration. From noon to 5 p.m., 25 participating merchants will open the festivities. The event will feature a drawing at each store and a grand prize drawing for a basket featuring items from each of the 25 participants.

Various trees decorated by different organizations will be auctioned off at 5 p.m. The Jefferson Community Center will host it's annual antique craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's show plans to be bigger and better than last year, featuring 47 crafters. Items such as gourmet mixes, crafts, Avon, Home Interiors, gift baskets, jewelry and other homemade items will be featured at the show, said Patty Fischer, committee co-chairperson.

The AC&J Scenic Railroad will have train rides with Santa. Trains will leave at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older and $7 for ages 12 and under.

Henderson Memorial Public Library will hold a used book sale and silent auction from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A quilt raffle will be held as well to benefit the Friends of the Library. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or six for $5.

The Victorian Perambulator Museum will open it's doors for tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $4 for children.

The Jefferson Historical Society will host it's Christmas Toyland program from noon to 6 p.m. The church will be decorated with trains, toys and Christmas trees. The research room will be filled with games for the children and each child will receive a stocking with goodies as a gift. Cost is $3 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

At 6 p.m. the village will host it's annual Christmas parade featuring 44 entries. Following the parade, the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Chinese auction at the community center. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door. More than 150 items will be featured in the auction, Fischer said.

Also at the community center following the parade, kids can enjoy hot chocolate with Santa.

This year's theme is Fun in the Country, and the decor around the village will reflect that theme, Fischer said.

"We try to keep everything a real small town atmosphere," she said. "Jefferson Village and the chamber work together to make sure the town is decorated real nice. Our whole day is filled with a lot of stuff going on."

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