Tuesday, November 30

Lighting of the Square kicks off N’ville holiday season

The residents of Noblesville and beyond are invited to witness the Lighting of the Square on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. This family-friendly outdoor celebration will usher in the official start to the holiday season and cap off Small Business Saturday.

In partnership with Hamilton County and the help of the City of Noblesville, the Lighting of the Square will be commenced with the flip of a switch by Santa and special Hamilton County family, selected through a social media contest. Tens of thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate trees and buildings, ushering in the magic of Christmas.

Santa is making a live appearance for the first time to the lighting ceremony, courtesy of the Hamilton County Historical Society. He’ll be greeting children in the Santa House after the lighting. Another special Hamilton County family will be first in line to meet Santa, selected by a social media contest.

The program includes brief remarks from County representatives, choral singers from Noblesville First United Methodist Church, a traditional sing-along, and more. Hot chocolate will be available to keep everyone cozy and warm.

The social media contest will award two families with special privileges. To enter, just share an act of kindness or moment of gratitude by emailing info@noblesvillechamber.org or by mentioning @NoblesvilleChamber on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Before Saturday’s festivities the Chamber will select two families to help throw the switch to light the square and to join Santa as the “First Family” in his house on the square immediately after the lighting of the square.

While the lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m., Small Business Saturday starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 with wonderful holiday activities planned, including:

• Impactful shopping

• Decorated storefront windows

• Discounts and sales

• Roaming carolers

• Entertainment in the alleyways

• Popup shops in the Mainstreet Community Room

• Free gift wrapping

While you’re in Noblesville for the Lighting of the Square, stay for the weekend and enjoy our historic downtown with various eclectic shops, fine dining, and live entertainment as well as shopping districts throughout Hamilton County.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27, will see increased traffic in all shopping districts, including downtown Noblesville. This year, however, historic downtown Noblesville boasts an additional 199 parking spaces which has been added to the public parking supply through the Levinson project.

“We have all the exciting Small Business Saturday events in place: shopping, carolers, sales, and free gift wrapping,” said Bob DuBois, CEO of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. “But it’s wonderful to be able to offer abundant parking at the Levinson parking garage this year.”

The Levinson, located at the corner of 8th Street and Maple Avenue, features one- and two-bedroom apartments as well a covered parking garage with 199 parking spaces for the public. Approximately 100 spaces are earmarked for the apartment residents and clearly designated.

Parking at the Levinson is free for the first four hours and then $2 each hour afterward. However, until the exit gate hardware materials arrive in early 2022, the parking remains free.   

“People might not know that the Levinson is open for parking,” said Kate Baker, Executive Director of Noblesville Mainstreet. “We wanted to bring a bit of fun and goodwill to the parking solutions. So for all of Small Business Saturday, we will be randomly placing gift cards on windshields of select cars. Many of our downtown businesses have donated gift cards for this purpose.”

Prior to the Levinson’s opening on Oct. 1, there were 1,197 downtown parking spots. The addition of 199 parking spots at the Levinson and the upcoming County Garage will add significantly to the parking supply. The gift card incentive will be offered on Small Business Saturday only.

The day can be spent shopping at all the downtown stores and dining at local restaurants, capped off with the Lighting of the Square.

More details on Lighting of the Noblesville Square can be found at https://bit.ly/3C1HFIJ.

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