Martin City lights up for Christmas Friday night. Here’s what you need to know.

A children’s choir, roaming carolers, photos with Santa and late shopping fill the evening’s festivities.

Holiday Lighting
St. Thomas More Elementary School Choir will once again perform at Martin City’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16.


Martin City Kicks Off Holiday Season with Street Lighting Ceremony

By Kathy Feist

The Martin City Holiday Lighting Celebration will be held on Friday, November 16, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bailey Bros. Savings & Loan Association building, 310 E. 135 St.


Besides Santa Claus’ appearance, the St. Thomas More Elementary School Choir will headline the evening activities. Roaming carolers and professional DJ  Bobby Eddy will continue to bring music to the night. Santa will arrive in time to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and pose for professional photos, thanks to Heartland Imaging.

It’s A Wonderful Life 

Heartland Imaging, which operates inside the bank building, will be playing the film It’s A Wonderful Life continuously starting with the lighting ceremony and ending on Christmas. Martin City’s historic bank building was named after the savings and loan building in the movie by owner Patrick Cocherl, Jr. Cocherl purchased the building and restored it to its original form. Cocherl is also a big fan of Christmas and had no difficulty naming the building.

Late Shopping

Keeping in the Christmas spirit, many stores in Martin City will be open later hours, including the newly opened Stick Sisters, Rooms that Bloom, Sidelines Custom Florals, and Gilded Lily.


Participants are asked to park at the old Sutherland’s parking lot east of the railroad tracks, only a couple of minutes away from the festivities. An off-duty police officer will be on hand to direct Friday night traffic.

Ugly Sweater Run

The Ugly Sweater Group Run which usually starts off the festivities has been scheduled for Thursday, December 6.


Donations will be collected for Cornerstones of Care – Ozanam campus. For a list of items and more event information, visit The Martin City Holiday Lighting Celebration is organized by the Martin City Business and Community Association.


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