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Christmas is bigger and brighter in Vevay

The Switzerland County Marching Band at Vevay's inaugural Christmas parade held on Dec. 1. (© Kendal R. Miller)

The Switzerland County Marching Band at Vevay’s inaugural Christmas parade – Dec. 1 (© Kendal R. Miller)

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Vevay, IN, this year.  Just ask anyone in the town of nearly 1700 people who pulled together their inaugural Christmas parade and decked out its Paul Ogle Riverfront Park with thousands of holiday lights.

They say even a couple of people can make a difference, and perhaps this serves as an example. Kathy Meredith, owner of Vevay’s Meredith Bookkeeping and Tax, and Shawnna Ramsey believed that Vevay should do more to celebrate the Christmas holiday. With an idea and the help of friends, neighbors, the Switzerland County Tourism office, fire and police departments, business owners, and town employees, Meredith saw her dream marching down Vevay’s Main Street on December 1. Even jolly ‘ol St. Nick himself appeared, chauffeured by the Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue Department.

Santa Claus will be posing for photos at the Switzerland County Visitors Center on Dec. 15 & 16. (© Kendal R. Miller)

Santa Claus will be posing for photos at the Switzerland County Visitors Center on Dec. 15 & 16 (© Kendal R. Miller)

Santa returns to Vevay again this Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 15-16) for photos with children from 1-4 pm at  Switzerland County Visitors Center.

Youths can pass the time waiting their turn with Kris Kringle by creating a make and take craft while adults can enjoy the Holiday Gingerbread House and Deck the District Wreath Contest entries on display. All activites and exhibits are free and open to the public. The center is located at 128 West Main Street in Vevay.

Lights at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park (© Kendal R. Miller)

Lights at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park (© Kendal R. Miller)

For you Griswold’s at heart, you simply must stay past dusk to see the lighted displays at Paul Ogle Park at 100 Ferry Street. Lighted trees, deer, Santa’s, the Eiffel Tower, inflatable ornaments and much more shine brightly—all with the backdrop of the Ohio River shining through. Vehicles can drive inside the park to view the lights at no charge through December 31.

While the town of Vevay has always decked the halls for the holiday season, everything is a little bigger and brighter this year.

For more information, contact the Switzerland County Visitors Center at 812.427.3237 or log on to their website at switzcotourism.com.

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Written by : Kendal is the executive director of Switzerland County Tourism in Vevay, IN. She also works as a freelance writer/photographer and in PR/Marketing for Frames, Phrases, and Photography by Kendal, LLC. An Indiana Artisan, Kendal was selected as a 2012 Lt. Governor Becky Skillman Hoosier Women Artist winner. She has received awards for both writing and photography from the Woman's Press Club of Indiana and the National Federation of Press Women.