ROCKVILLE -- MainStreet in Rockville will conduct its second Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Saturday, at 6 p.m., on the historic Rockville Courthouse Square.
Nominated to light the Community Christmas Tree is U.S. Army Specialist Matthew Kinsey, who was injured while serving with Bravo Company, 2508th Parachute Regiment, 82 Airborne Division in Afghanistan with two tours of duty totaling 25 months. Kinsey is presently undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and will not be able to be present.
In his absence, his family will light the tree.
The first weekend of December promises a lot of fun activities throughout Parke County and the events on the square are part of the fun.
Friday, the Ritz Theatre will offer a movie at 7 p.m., and Saturday, a movie at 4 and 7 p.m. On Sunday, Parke Players will offer the play, "The Grinch," at the Ritz Theatre at 2 and 5 p.m.
Festivities for the Tree Lighting Ceremony begin at 5:30 p.m., with Christmas caroling, Santa on the Courthouse Square from noon-3 p.m., and again from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Claus and the elves will be in the "Hot Chocolate House," from 5-7 p.m.
This year, in addition to hot chocolate, a free Christmas Cookie will be offered to children.
Carolers will be on the square from 5:30-6:30 p.m., as well.
Decorations for the tree are the result of private and business donations and ornaments were made by school children, families and other individuals.
The day kicks off with the Ruth Circle Cookie Sale at the First United Methodist Church from 8 a.m.-noon, in Rockville.
There is also a Christmas Bazaar at Clark's Reception Hall, located on United States 36, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visits with Santa at the Rockville Public Library will take place from 9:30-11 a.m., with children enjoying cookie decorating and coloring.
The Covered Bridge Art Association will offer its home tour from 1-6 p.m., with tickets available at the Gallery in Rockville.
There will also be activities in Bridgeton, Bloomingdale, Mansfield, Rosedale and Montezuma as well.