Cobden, Ill. is planning to celebrate the holiday spirit on Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts the eighth annual Christmas in the Village. Holiday bazaars and open houses highlight a variety of events that climax with the presentation of the Christmas lights in the village’s downtown park.
The Old Feed Store on Appleknocker Street plans to host an open house with a hospitality table featuring Christmas treats along with other activities from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. A visit from Santa Claus is planned for the afternoon and goody bags for children will be given out.
Bazaars featuring decorations, gifts, crafts and homemade treats will be featured at the Union County Museum’s General Store, the St. Joseph Catholic Church parish hall, and other locations. The church plans to serve soup for lunch. Both bazaars open at 8a.m.
Other Christmas in the Village activities include carolers, live nativity scene and a variety of other activities.
Cobden hosts several unique shops and restaurants that will be open and celebrating the holiday season.
The celebration will close when Santa Claus will lead a walk from the Old Feed Store to the downtown park for the presentation of the Christmas lights at 5p.m.
Come to picturesque Cobden and experience an old-time village Christmas. Cobden is located in the heart of the Shawnee Wine Trail. For tourism and lodging information go to www.southernmostillinois.com.
The Union County Museum (618/893-2865) in downtown Cobden reminds shoppers about the Christmas Shoppe which opens on Saturday, Nov. 19 and additional dates are: Nov. 20, 25, 26, 27; Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 17 (Saturday hours: 8a.m.-4p.m.; Sunday hours: 1-4p.m.). The shop features Christmas decorations, gifts and other holiday items at reasonable prices. The great bargains in the shop are well worth the trip to Cobden. Proceeds go to the operation of the museum.
For more information call the Village Hall at 618-893-2425. A list of the events and times will be available at the museum and most of the shops.
Jane Adams, author of The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois, 1890-1990 will provide interpretation and stories of the origins of Jackson and Union County farming, vineyards, and orchards on this special tour. The tour will pass through the rolling Shawnee hills with a special stop at the Union County Heritage Museum with its renowned Kirkpatrick Pottery.
Tour goers will learn about farming while touring several historical farms including both orchard and vineyard. A special treat will be visiting the beautiful Bald Knob Cross overlooking the majestic countryside and the Shawnee Hills. All tastings, special snacks, treats and sit down lunch at the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden are included in the cost.
Pick up locations for the tour will be at 9:45am John A Logan College, Carterville and at 10:30am at the Murphysboro Walmart on Country Club Rd. off of Route 13. It is 4-5 hours long. The cost is $65 per person. To reserve a spot call 618-751-2924 or click here.
Duration – 5 hours
Cost – $65 per person
Dates: Sat. Sept. 10, 2016