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Sedalia in the holiday spirit Saturday

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There will be no shortage of holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Sedalia, with numerous activities planned throughout the city.

The Downtown Sedalia Holiday Open House and Cookie Crawl will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As customers browse for Christmas gifts, they can also pick up a free cookie from participating downtown businesses: Backwoods Guitar, Becca’s Framing, Broadway Carry-Out Cuisine, Chelsea’s Antiques, Classic Jewelry, CO Port Coffee & Creperie, Dick’s Barber Shop, Fleur.ish Floral and Gift Shop, From Bleak to Chic, Game Zone Comics & Games, Happiness Handicrafts, Jammin’ Nuggets Music, Juanita’s House Antiques, Liberty Center Association for the Arts, Lolly’s Candy Shop, MacLin + Co., Nostalgia Vintage Apparel and Market Place, Ol’ Time Cafe, Pro-Velo, Stone Laser Imaging, 518 Provisions, The Chubby Hairstylist & Co., Salvation Army Thrift Store, Hotel Bothwell, and Wild Jade Boutique.

The Sedalia Public Library will be providing holiday cider and Southern Maven Boutique will be providing hot chocolate. The library is also hosting a Come and Create Christmas Cards event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Santa Claus will be visiting Southern Maven from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maps will be available at businesses and facebook.com/downtownsedalia

The “Gift Your City” promotion hosted by Sedalia Shop Local continues through Saturday, Dec. 12. For every $25 spent in a Sedalia Shop Local store, customers will be able to enter the “Gift Your City” drawing for a chance to win a prize selected from that merchant. Each participating store will choose its own drawing prize and announce its winner shortly after Dec. 12. 

The Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department will host the second annual Holiday Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heckart Community Center gym. Breakfast with Santa also takes place Saturday morning in the Heckart Center, but registration ended Dec. 1. Light Up Liberty also continues nightly at Liberty Park from 5:30 p.m. to midnight until Jan. 1. For more information, visit www.sedaliaparks.com/events.

NoBro Art Events will host a $100 and Under Indoor Art Walk at the Lamy’s building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/nobroarts.

First United Methodist Church will host a Live Nativity from 3 to 5 p.m. at 117 W. Fourth St. There will be animals to pet and feed. 

The festivities will end with the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas parade at 6 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/SedaliaAreaChamberofCommerce.

The parade route starts at Seventh Street and South Ohio Avenue and proceeds north on Ohio Avenue to Main Street before turning east on Main Street to travel and disband around South Massachusetts Avenue. Blue pedestrian barriers will protect the parade route this year. 

For City crews to start placing safety barriers, citizens should note the following timeline:

2 p.m.: No vehicles are allowed to park along South Ohio Avenue from Seventh Street to Main Street. Cross streets (excluding Third Street and Main Street) and alleys along the parade route will be blocked.

3 p.m.: Traffic will be limited to southbound only along South Lamine Avenue from East Fifth Street to East Seventh Street and South Massachusetts Avenue from East Third Street to East Seventh Street as parade entries start lining up in this area.

4 p.m.: West Fifth Street between South Ohio Avenue and South Lamine will close for food trucks.

5:45 p.m.: No traffic will be allowed to turn east on Main Street from the Main and South Ohio Avenue intersection.

Once the lead of the parade approaches Third Street, the intersection of Third and Ohio will be closed to traffic except for emergency vehicle response.

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