Holiday spirit blazes in Bluffton!
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Holiday Lights & Folk Art Display
November 30 - January 1
The village of Bluffton, Ohio, displays a lighted collection of vintage Christmas folk art on the lawn of Bluffton Presbyterian Church, at 112 N Main St. The display is just 2-4 minutes from exits 140 and 142 on I-75.
Amid towering lighted evergreens, the Ream folk art display turns the downtown business district into a sparkling destination for the month of December. Now featured on Ohio.org's Holiday Lights Trail, the village added almost 1.5 miles of light strands in 2018.
Farmer Harry Ream and his wife Dorothy started making and displaying Christmas decorations in 1938. In the mid-80s, the Ream family donated 168 wood cutouts to the village. Dozens more have been added by artist Terry Mullenhour.
THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE
Families join in the Blaze spirit with holiday decorations including Ream-style cutout figures. The chamber conducts an annual decorating contest with prizes awarded in "Bluffton Bucks." Driving maps are available at the Ream display after December 9.
The Blaze of Lights is a tradition of more than 30 years in the making. It is the work of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Bluffton, and countless volunteers.
The 2019 Blaze of Lights Festival is made possible by financial support from more than 22 individuals and organizations.
For more information about the Blaze of Lights, contact the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or (419) 369-2985.
2019 BLAZE OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL:
Thank you for joining us on November 30.
The Blaze festival kicks off the Christmas season in the village. Our 33rd annual festival included:
5 p.m. Blaze of Lights parade (4 p.m lineup near Bluffton Community Pool on Snider Rd.)
6 p.m. Live music from the Blaze stage at Bluffton Presbyterian Church,
7 p.m. Lighting of the Ream Folk Art Display
About 5:30- 9 p.m. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Bluffton Senior Center
6:30-9 p.m. Horse and wagon rides: Tickets next to Shannon Theatre; Pick-up and drop-off in front of Citizens National Bank.
6:30- 9 p.m. Kiddie train rides near Bluffton Senior Center
Special festival meals at Bluffton Senior Center (begins 4 p.m.) and Bluffton Presbyterian Church (begins 5:30 p.m.)
November 30 is also Shop Small Saturday! Come early for great shopping and dining!
RESIDENTIAL LIGHTS MAP
2019 Blaze of Lights Sponsors
Richard J. Boehr Co.
Natural Healing Massage & Reiki Ctr.
Shannon Service Club
UAW Local 1327
Webb Insurance Agency
Bluffton Presbyterian Church
Bluffton High School Basketball,
Soccer, and Tennis Teams
Bluffton Scrap Artist Quilters
Bluffton Senior Center
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton
Twisted Whisk Cafe
Lynda Best, Brad Cox, Kevin Gratz, Kyle Gratz, Fred Rodabaugh, Jesse Blackburn, Joe Sehlhorst, Jeff Stratton, Junior Weihrauch.
RESIDENTIAL DECORATING CONTEST
Decorating for the holidays? We've got a prize for that! The chamber sponsors a residential holiday lighting contest to help spread the Blaze of Lights spirit throughout the village.
To participate, Bluffton residents should send their family name and address to or PO Box 142 by December 4. The judging will take place on or about December 9, 2019.
Participants are listed on this map:
Residential holiday lighting contest prizes are awarded in "Bluffton Bucks," Bluffton chamber gift certificates, which may be used at Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce member business.
The prizes are: First place $200; Second place $150; Third place $75; Mayor’s Choice $75.
The contest is open to any residence inside the Bluffton village limits. Entries will be highlighted on print and digital maps. For more information, contact Paula Scott at (419) 369-2985.