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Ironton aLive to host Christmas events at Ironton City Center

The Ironton City Center will have two events for the Christmas season, one night of singing and one night of storytelling. The events are free.

“We just wanted to have something downtown for the Christmas season,” said Ironton aLive’s executive director Sam Heighton. “We have good choirs around.”

On Saturday, the Ironton City Center will be filled with the sound of Christmas music as performed by two choirs.

Christmas music starts at 6 p.m. with the Ironton High School Choir directed by Kathy Price.

At 7 p.m., the Campbell Chapel Choir will perform.

“They will sing from the steps on the main floor of the City Center,” Heighton said.

At 6:30 p.m., there will be a drawing for $75 in Ironton Bucks for those who found the elf during Small Business Saturday.

On Dec. 16, kids of all ages can come to the City Center and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories to them.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. when Ironton aLive will have the Small Business Saturday passport drawing for $300, $200 and $125 in Ironton Bucks. After that, Mrs. Claus will read.

“And there will hot chocolate,” Heighton said. “Ironton aLive will bring popcorn and cookies.

Kids can bring blankets and lay on the floor and listen to Mrs. Claus.”

Heighton said that they used to do this for three Saturdays in a row but decided to cut it down to two this year.

He said attendance over the past couple of years has depended on the weather and other factors.

“It’s been spotty. One year, one of the choirs couldn’t attend because so many of them were sick,” Heighton said. “And another year it was raining so much that no one wanted to come out. But there will be a lot of people on the night of the choirs. What we are trying to do is get people together and have a nice Christmas message.”