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Third annual Christmas event at Grover features Santa, hot chocolate

The Streets of Old Shelby have been transformed to get into the Christmas spirit in preparation for “Christmas in Old Shelby,” which runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Grover Museum.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by to visit children for a few hours during Grover Museum’s third annual “Christmas in Old Shelby” event.

The event runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the museum.

Staff and volunteers will be serving hot chocolate downstairs and visitors can purchase cookies. Children will also be allowed to create ornaments to take home.

Director Alex Krach said around 600 people attended last year’s event.

“Based off Halloween and the popularity of that event, Trick or Street, I know that we’re hitting our stride in these events, but it’s hard to kind of gauge what we’ll get in,” he said. “I imagine it will be something close like that.”

The shops in “Christmas in Old” Shelby will be open and visitors can interact with local actors who will portray each exhibit’s community members.

Visitors can also see the Festival of Trees, which this year has the theme “Celebrating 200 years of Shelby County Memories.” The theme comes from the county celebrating its bicentennial this year.

Krach said the museum had larger participation this year, particularly from local businesses that decorated a tree. Businesses and individuals were invited to decorate their tree however they wanted, and some explored their business or organizations’s history.

“It was really neat to see how they interpreted it,” he said.

Grover Museum is located at 52 W. Broadway Street in Shelbyville.

Donations to help the Shelby County Historical Society and Grover Museum are encouraged but not required.