The music plays an important role in enhancing the ambiance for shoppers during the Christmas season, downtown business owners say. Christmas music has accompanied downtown holiday shopping for many years, probably originating with the gift of the speakers to downtown from the Ol’ Marais River Run car show. Members of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Events and Promotions committee organize the Christmas music initiative each year. Though some would like music to play on those speakers year-round, the Christmas tunes are limited to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings.
Other events adding sparkle to the holidays include:
• Santa Claus’ visit to Pomona’s Library during its Holiday Open House, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, 219 Jefferson St., Pomona;
• Vespers Christmas Concert, 4 p.m. Sunday in the Frederikson Chapel at Ottawa University;
• Ottawa’s Christmas parade — “Christmas in Kansas” — 11 a.m. Dec. 14 on Ottawa’s Main Street; and
• The Bethlehem Project 5:45 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 13-15 at the Sylvester Farm, 1792 Kingman Road, Ottawa.
Some people, no doubt, would like the downtown music to be played louder so it isn’t drowned out by passing vehicles. It certainly adds to the Christmas spirit, as do all the other events being organized throughout the holiday season. Seeing, hearing and participating in area Christmas activities helps bring the holiday feeling home.
— Jeanny Sharp,
editor and publisher