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Plan a Night to See the Lights This Christmas

Gather your family, make some hot cocoa and hop in the car for a night on the town. Plan a night to see the lights in the annual Light Up Marysville Christmas Lighting Contest.

“It’s the perfect Christmas tradition,” said Michelle Whitesell, Director of Marysville Convention & Tourism.

Fifty-four homes and businesses throughout Marysville are signed up for the fourth annual contest, which features the competition’s biggest prizes to date. More than $575 in prizes will be awarded to the best decorated spots in Marysville. The competition has four categories: People’s Choice, Clark Griswold, Reason for the Season and Best Business.

“We are extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Whitesell. “We have some homes that have participated in the past, as well as some new homes and businesses who decided to join in on the fun!”

To vote in the lighting contest, pick up a map of participating locations. Maps are available at area convenience stores, the Marysville Advocate, the Marysville Public Library and the Chamber of Commerce. Maps will also be available on the Visit Marysville Facebook page and their website at www.visitmarysvilleks.org.

Voting began December 1 and ends December 25. Ballots may be turned in to the drop boxes at City Hall or the Marysville Public Library.

“We’ve extended the contest through Christmas Day so families have a chance to go see the lights over the holiday,” Whitesell said. “We also have a scavenger hunt for groups that want to add another level of fun to the lighting tour.”

The committee has once again partnered with the Wagon Wheel Café, 703 Broadway, for the contest. People who pick up a map at the Wagon Wheel will receive a free to-go cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

For more information, contact Marysville Convention & Tourism at (785) 619-6050 or director@visitmarysvilleks.org.

Visit Santa

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday from 5-7 pm or Sunday from 1-3 pm and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Brought to you by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Marysville

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday from 5-7 pm or Sunday from 1-3 pm and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Brought to you by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Santa

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday from 5-7 pm or Sunday from 1-3 pm and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Brought to you by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Santa

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday from 5-7 pm or Sunday from 1-3 pm and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Brought to you by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce.

Martyn Lucas in One Night at Christmas

After a successful musical residency in Marshall County two years ago, Martyn Lucas is coming back. Lucas, who played the title role in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at London’s Covent Garden and who was dubbed the World Piano Man by Elton John and Billy Joel, will perform two Christmas concerts, “One Night at Christmas.”

Performances are Friday, December 8, at the Weaver Hotel, Waterville, and Saturday, December 9, at the Lee Dam Center for Art. Both performances start at 7:00 p.m. There is limited seating at each performance. The concerts are sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

“I’ll be singing my favorite songs with a sprinkling of festive music,” Lucas said. “The audience should expect a fun evening of music and laughter. I’ll sing everything from some powerful musical showstoppers to some rock classics and, of course, Christmas songs.”

Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Marysville; CJ Express East and West, Marysville; and the Weaver Hotel, Waterville.

“Since both of these concert venues are small, we encourage people to buy their tickets early,” explained Brad Ekiss, president of the arts cooperative. “Mr. Lucas was very popular the last time he was here, we expect many will want to see him again.”

Lucas spent four days in Marshall County during his last visit. He led workshops for vocal students at area schools and performed to sell-out crowds in Frankfort and Waterville. After his visit Lucas decided to move from England to the United States.

“The people are so warm,” he said. “The spirit of the people is really special. This is what made me want to move to the United States. I’m very much looking forward to seeing my friends from last time.”

Lucas grew up in a musical family; his mother and father were both musicians, which enabled him to get a passion for performing from an early age. By the age of sixteen Lucas won several piano competitions and was recognized as an accomplished musician. Lucas trained and performed at the prestigious Dartington College of Arts in Devon, United Kingdom. After leaving college, he became a professional singer.

For more information people may visit the arts cooperative’s website marshallcountyarts.org

Visit Santa

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday from 5-7 pm or Sunday from 1-3 pm and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Brought to you by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce.