Christmas on the Square

For anyone interested in volunteering for the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas on the Square this year, the chamber will hold a Community Holiday Decorating Meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the chamber office, 138 S. Lynn St., downtown Bryan. For more information, call 419-636-2247, or email to: info@bryanchamber.org. Times file photo

It’s not too early to start planning for Christmas. And the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking community volunteers to help make Christmas 2018 the best Christmas ever.

The chamber annually stages a fun and colorful Christmas on the courthouse square, with hundreds of colored lights and a host of Christmas scenes, including Nutcracker figurines guarding the courthouse entrances, Frosty the Snowman, a family of Christmas carolers, Santa Claus and his sleigh pulled by reindeer, baby Jesus lying in a manger and, of course, Santa’s House.

All of it takes time, dedication and maintenance by the chamber’s Christmas committee and community volunteers during the off-season, according to chamber Executive Director Dan Yahraus.

“We’re looking for people to help decorate, do maintenance on the figurines and do whatever needs done. Anyone can be a part of the team. Just bring your willingness and some new ideas; we’re always looking for new people with new ideas,” Yahraus said.

And he said it’s not too early to recruit volunteers for the annual Christmas decorating blitz day, usually in late November or early December, when Christmas committee members and volunteers meet early in the morning to set up Christmas trees in the fountain and on the bandstand, hang decorative lights and install the figurines.

The figurines are made of painted fiberglass and volunteers are always needed to make touch-ups and repairs during the off-season.

If interested in volunteering, the chamber is holding a Community Holiday Decorating Meeting, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the chamber office, 138 S. Lynn St., downtown Bryan. For more information, call 419-636-2247, or email to: info@bryanchamber.org.

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