Yes, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and we won’t let 2020 get us down here in Marshall, Illinois. Our stores are getting ready for holiday shoppers, the farms will be selling fresh trees, the restaurants are planning their holiday menus, and hot chocolate will soon fill our bellies.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’re gearing up for all those great foods. If you’re looking for a fresh turkey to cook, Rooster’s Farm Market is taking orders for them. Or, if you don’t have the time or inclination to cook, they’re also offering fully cooked meals including turkey, prime rib, smoked ham, and all the sides. They’ve teamed up with Grand Traverse Pie Company from Terre Haute so that you can order one (or a few) of their delicious pies. Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 18, though. Call or text them at 217-712-9555 and make sure you get a confirmation.
Check your local restaurants to see who’s serving and what they have to offer. Stay local, eat local, spend locally. These are our friends and families, so let’s support them during the holidays, in Marshall.
Holiday Shopping Starts this Month:
Why wait for Black Friday to start your holiday shopping. Our local stores are open for business, and there will be lots of sales before and after Thanksgiving. You can get a fresh tree, holiday wreath, or Christmas décor this month too.
Ewing Garden Barn is gearing up to sell you a beautiful fresh-cut tree. They will be open for the Holiday Season starting Saturday, November 21 at 12 pm.
If you’re in the market for a Balsam Fir or Blue Spruce Christmas tree, they will have one for you as well as fresh wreaths and holiday centerpieces to liven up your dinner table. Join them for a free hot chocolate or to purchase some fudge from Cornfed Creations.
If you’re looking to do something different and fun for the whole family, take a 7-mile trip down route 40 to Dahnke’s Pine Patch in Martinsville. They started 36 years ago with 1000 trees on 3 acres around their home and now have 30 acres. They sell fresh Christmas trees and evergreen products, and families can spend a whole day having fun on the farm.
Their gift shop offers wreaths, hand-made crafts and décor, and of course… hot chocolate. It’s free to take pictures at the picture patch or learn about Reindeer and take photos with them as well at the “Reindeer Flight School.”
For $4 per person, the whole family can enjoy the “Barn Lot.”
Attractions there include:
– The Red Nose Express
– The Snowball Arena
– The Coop Maze
– The Wagons of Fun Playground
– Hayrides and Sleigh Rides and
– Lots of fun games for every age
They’re open from November 23 to December 23, Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 to 5:30 pm
Marshall’s Annual Event Hometown Holly Days
We are all excited about the return of this much-awaited annual celebration, Hometown Holly Days.
Starting November 28 and continuing until the end of December, each night, from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Clark County fairgrounds, you and your family can experience the magical, dancing light displays. And you don’t even need to leave your car!
On Saturday, December 5, during Small Business Saturday, our Main Street hosts over 20 vendors selling everything from homemade goodies, candles, jewelry, and more. Part of the Hometown Holly Days celebration is a great way to find unique Christmas gifts for everyone in the family. Vendors will be open for business from 9 am until 2 pm at Harlan Hall (603 Locust St.). If the weather allows, more vendors will be outside of Harlan Hall in a covered tent. Fingers crossed!
Come out for Small Business Saturday and spend your money with our local businesses. We have so many great local shops, boutiques, antique galleries, and restaurants, so why go elsewhere to buy those presents. If you’re visiting Marshall for the holidays, this is the weekend to be here. You will be delighted with all we have to offer. It’s been a tough year for a lot of small, independent businesses all across America, so come show them a little love. All local businesses need our support now more than ever.
Because of the Covid crisis, this year, our holiday Parade of Lights will be a little different. We are having a “reverse parade.” Instead of spectators lining up on the sidewalks, the floats will be lined up, and spectators will be able to drive through while remaining safely tucked in their cars. The parade route will be along the south side of Archer Ave. Vehicles will drive by on the north side of Archer to view the floats. The parade is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 5, and is run by The Marshall Christmas Committee.
You can still enter the annual Parade of Lights if you are a church, business/organization, or golf cart entry. Prizes are – $75 for first place and $50 for second place in each category. If there are more than five entries in any category, there will be a $25 third-place prize. Check-in and line-up is from 5–6 pm in the VFW parking lot. You must be checked in by 5 pm for judging and line up. When you check-in, you will receive your parade number and instructions and will be moved into your position for the parade after you sign up. No Santa’s on your floats, please. There is only one, and he will be featured on his float, but PLEASE have lights on your and make them awesome. This is why we call it the Parade of Lights, so show them off.
For information on how to sign up, call, text, or email Denise Hoggatt: 217-251-2441, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sara Tingley: 217-822-5755.
Marshall, Illinois, is ready for the Holidays. Are you? Please get in the spirit with us and visit Marshall.