With pianist and vocalist Terry Weeks tickling the ivories for a Yuletide dinner set within the century-old-plus buildings of historic downtown Lebanon, Dinner in the Arcade is the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas season with loved ones.
“It’s a nice evening out,” said Sue Vanatta, president of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. “You can come down and have a nice dinner, take a carriage ride and stay and see Mayor Philip Craighead light the Christmas tree.”
Dinner at the Arcade will be held Saturday with seating at either 5:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Although seating is limited, tickets remain available at either time. And the deadline to get in on the holiday celebration has been extended until Friday.
Chamber staff will serve the catered meal, which will feature elegant place settings, holiday décor and candlelight creating the Yuletide ambience. Ticket-holders will also be treated to a free horse-drawn carriage ride around the square.
Dinner at the Arcade is a perfect blend with Saturday’s Christmas on the Square in Lebanon, with festivities for the holiday shopping and entertainment event to begin at 4 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.
The child-friendly activities around the square include lighting of the Christmas Tree at 5 p.m. by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, a live Nativity Scene at Neddy Jacobs cabin, church choirs and others performing Christmas music. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with the young and young-at-heart, and visitors can also see Santa’s elves and workshop and much more.
Many shops will stay open through 8 p.m. for Christmas on the Square, and several will offer refreshments to shoppers.
Two authors will also be on hand around the square selling and signing copies of their books: Cookbook author and television personality Karlen Evins and Children’s book author Margaret Keathley.
“I call it a night out on the town on Lebanon Square,” said Vanatta.
The day following Christmas on the Square brings the Lebanon Christmas Parade. The parade – held rain or shine - kicks off Sunday at 2 p.m. and runs along Main Street from the old Lebanon High School and ending at D.T. McCalls.
The Christmas celebrations continue with the Festival of Lights each Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Admission to the drive-through lighting display is $5 per car, or $10 for vans or buses with 12 or more passengers.
Dinner tickets for Dinner at the Arcade may be bought through Friday at 10 a.m. and are available from the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, located at 149 Public Square in Lebanon, or by calling 615-444-5503.
Tickets are $25 per person and must be bought in advance.