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Santa Still Stopping By Spencer During Next Week's "Christmas At The Square"

Spencer Santa

One young man attempts to secure a spot on the "Nice" list during Spencer Main Street's "Christmas at the Square" in 2019. (Mitch Legan, WTIU/WFIU News)

Santa Claus will still be making his annual trip to Spencer this year, despite all that’s transpired in 2020.

Spencer Main Street president Julie Coffin says the organization’s “Christmas at the Square” event will go on as planned but will look quite different than years past.

“Everything is different this year, so we threw out all of our previous years’ playbooks,” Coffin said.

Normally, “Christmas at the Square” brings hundreds of families to the Owen County courthouse in downtown Spencer.  Children can make ornaments, get candy and, most importantly, see Santa.

But 2020 has been anything but normal, so having hundreds of people pass through the historic 1911 courthouse obviously won’t work with COVID.

“How do we do that this year? Well, we do that with a drive-through,” Coffin said.

So Dec. 5, Spencer Main Street will set up huge 20-by-80-foot tents down Market Street to create a winter wonderland for families to cruise through in their vehicles from 5 to 7 p.m.

“And then, by the time they get to the end of our tent lineup, Santa's waiting for them with a gift for everyone,” Coffin said. “Kind of to make up for the fact that they don't get to sit on Santa's lap.”

And while getting kids their annual visit with Saint Nick is undoubtedly important, Spencer Main Street also will give $5 in “Main Street Bucks” to those attending the event.

“The whole point is get people to downtown Spencer,” Coffin said. “Obviously, the drive-through event doesn’t create the big throng of strollers and shoppers and whatnot that the event normally would. And so, to create some month-long excitement, every household will walk away with ‘Main Street Bucks,’ which can be used just like cash at the participating merchants throughout the month of December.”

Spencer Main Street’s “Christmas at the Square” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

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