On December 8, 2018 Rediscover Martinsville invites you to join them in downtown Martinsville for one of our very favorite events of the year - the Martinsville Cookie Stroll! So, what's the Cookie Stroll all about? Well, it's a day of fun for cookie lovers for sure, but also for those who simply like to explore and enjoy a beautiful downtown filled with seasonal entertainment. This annual event features dozens of home-baked cookies made by volunteer bakers. Participants who have purchased tickets (available at Berries & Ivy Country Store, while supplies last) will exchange each ticket for an official Cookie Passport on the day of the event. This year's event headquarters is at Disciple House on the corner of Main and Jackson Streets. That passport allows them to collect a cookie at each stop along the stroll. Passport sales will take place on Saturday, November 24 and Saturday, December 1 beginning at 10 am.
We encourage everyone to pick up a Cookie Passport ticket early - the event is almost always a complete sell-out - but here's why you might consider spending at least part of your Saturday in Martinsville, even if you DON'T have a Cookie Passport. . .
- The Morgan County Farmers Market Association's annual Holiday Market will be held at Keller Hall, adjacent to the Presbyterian Church, from 11 am to 4 pm. Here's where you'll find fun items to fill out your holiday shopping list. All items are handcrafted and made by (or grown by) local or regional vendors.
- Many of the Art Sanctuary's resident artists will also be on hand in their studios offering fine art for sale, which always makes a wonderful gift!
- Enjoy live holiday entertainment throughout the day at various locations. Be sure to stop in at the Main Street Stage at Tom Fiddlery, a fun new downtown intimate performance venue.
- Stop in at local shops around the downtown area. Some will have refreshments available (even for non-passport holders) as well as great holiday deals. The Sterling Butterfly features jewelry artist Pam Hurst's unique designs, including Indiana-themed pieces. De Lyn Jewelry features a variety of jewelry and ladies' accessories. Berries and Ivy Country Store features fun home decor, jewelry, textiles and hand-painted gourds and don't miss Reinvention with beautifully reimagined furniture and home decor items. Several other shops will be open as well!
- Live entertainment, including Christmas carolers, can also be found throughout the day at many of the shops and other locations around town that are serving as cookie stops, as well outdoors along the route - all entertainment is free and open to all.
- Pictures with Santa! About Face Pictures will host Santa himself from 11 am to 1 pm. Photos are affordable and the backdrop is holiday perfection! Walk-ins are welcome, but you can pay in advance for a quicker visit. You can also find the jolly old elf at the Holiday Market from 2:00 to 3:30 pm - no professional photographer is on hand, but you are welcome to snap photos during your child's visit with Santa.
- Food! Many of the downtown area's restaurants are also cookie stops, so they will be busy throughout the day and many will host live entertainment as well!
- Those with kids will want to visit Fables & Fairy Tales on Main Street. This adorable book shop will have live Nutcracker themed window displays from J2 Dance from 11 am to Noon, and a visit from local author Glaucia Luiz Henson who will read her book "The Birth of Jesus" at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm.
- Llamas! Yes - llamas. Pet them, take a llama selfie, simply enjoy these friendly, docile animals. The local 4-H llama club will be on hand with several llamas (and alpacas, too!) for you to meet.
- Candy Canes! It will be Saturday, so you know the Martinsville Candy Kitchen will be cooking up a batch of holiday candy canes (maybe even two!). The magical transformation of boiling liquid into sweet, solid peppermint-flavored holiday cheer is one of Martinsville's favorite Christmas miracles.
- A very large model train display will be open for viewing at Key Bank on Main Street. This cool model train is a 25 year tradition and is open for viewing during the bank's normal hours until December 31, but on Cookie Stroll day, it's often accompanied by live music as well! The train display is courtesy of the Morgan County Model Railroad Association.
- Keep an eye open for Peppermint the Penguin, who will be wandering about downtown and making appearances at various cookie stops throughout the day. Peppermint is very friendly and loves sharing his favorite candy (peppermints, of course) with all his new friends. He loves to take selfies, too, so be sure to get your photo taken with him!
- If you have friends with Cookie Passports, you can spend the day with them. . . and, in my experience, they will almost always share at least a couple of their cookies! (If your friends are stingy, there will be free cookies for all at Cookie Stroll Headquarters, Disciple House on the corner of Main and Jackson Streets. Also note, in the event that there are unclaimed passports on the day of the event, they will be resold beginning at 12:30 pm at Disciple House.
For added fun on the day of the Cookie Stroll, there are two other fun family experiences you won't want to miss! Once the sun sets, you'll want to drive through the Festival of Lights at Jimmy Nash Park. The park is open until 10 pm (don't worry, the gate will automatically open if you're in the park prior to 10 pm) and the light display features a variety of fun characters and creative scenes. Come before dark for fun photo ops! Also on the the evening of Cookie Stroll is the annual Bethlehem Walk, presented by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. This even is open to all and features an outdoor journey that recreates the original Christmas story. You'll encounter Roman guards, merchants, common livestock and other recognizable characters from this famous historic event. See our calendar for details on how to reserve your tickets.
***UPDATE: Cookie Stroll Passports for 2018 are currently sold out. Remember, unclaimed passports will be resold beginning at 12:30 pm at Disciple House on the day of the event.***