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Noble County is flooded with Christmas spirit tonight as major events kick off the season.

The Bicentennial Torch is among the new light displays at the Mid-America Windmill Museum’s annual holiday, which begins tonight. This dazzling display has become a holiday tradition for many, right down to visiting with Santa and having hot chocolate.

Albion and Cromwell will light community Christmas trees tonight along with many family activities.

Here is tonight’s schedule:Snowy Courthouse 1

Albion Chamber of Commerce: Christmas in the Village, open houses from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at area businesses to view decorations and enjoy refreshments. Enter a drawing (one entry per location) to win one of four $25 Chamber Buck gift certificates.

Brick Ark Inn: Christmas open house, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 215 N. Orange St., Albion; 260-636-618; www.brickarkinn.com . Enjoy Christmas punch and cookies in the historic inn, beautifully decorated for the season. Enter a drawing to win a Christmas ornament from Bronner’s.

Noble Art Gallery: extended hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 100 E. Main St., Albion, offering affordable fine art works, home décor, and books by local artists, artisans and authors.

S.T.A.R. Team: bazaar with a variety of vendors: 4 to 8 p.m., historic Albion Opera House, north side of courthouse.

Santa Arrives in Albion: 6:50 p.m. in a horse-drawn wagon. He and Mrs. Claus will greet children at Albion Pizza Depot after the tree-lighting ceremony. Treasured Memories Photography will be available for photos.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: 7 p.m., northeast corner of the Courthouse Square. Noble County Saddle Club will carol on horseback and collect non-perishable items for the food pantry.

Mid-America Windmill Museum: Winter Wonderland Light Display, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The dazzling windmills and holiday features decked out in Christmas lights are a family tradition. Craft bazaar and Santa await visitors in Baker Hall. Admission is $3 per person for age 13 and older.

Cromwell Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: 7 p.m., downtown Cromwell. Crafts begin at 6 p.m. at Smith Opera House, upper level of the Noble County Public Library-West Branch, Cromwell. West Noble Super Singers will perform at the tree lighting and afterward at the opera house. Cookies and hot beverages will be served after the tree lighting. Door prizes.

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