It goes without saying that many Holiday events simply are not the same this year. While some communities have had to drastically alter their traditional events, others decided to cancel their festivities all together. One group out of Jasper County is thinking outside the box, by creating a fun event that spans three weekends in December – and will allow families to experience some socially distant Holiday cheer!
The Jasper County CEO program is comprised of high school students in Jasper County that have put their heads together to create “A Drive ‘N Christmas.” The CEO program has teamed up with the Drive ‘N Theatre located about five minutes northeast of Newton, to show double feature Christmas movies on December 5th, 12th and 19th. “Before showing the movies we will be giving the opportunity to play bingo for small prizes,” explains Jenna Goebel, one of the CEO students for the 2020-2021 school year. “We will also have food trucks and we will be decorating and bringing the Christmas spirit to Jasper County with this event.”
Due to the fact that the Drive ‘N Theatre is the only one of its kind in a 70-mile radius, Goebel expects this event to be a big tourism draw for her community. “This event will attract people from the surrounding counties and allow them to celebrate the Christmas season in Jasper County,” Goebel adds. “It is important to bring people to Jasper County to allow them to support our businesses now and in the future. The Drive N’ Theater is a unique opportunity that is offered in Jasper County. Some of the people attending this event may also stop in Newton on their way to and from the Drive N’ Theater event which would result in them supporting our Jasper County’s businesses.”
This three week countdown to Christmas will feature some VERY popular Christmas movies including ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Polar Express’ on the 5th, ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ and ‘Fred Claus’ on the 12th, followed by ‘Elf’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ on the 19th. There is also a theme for each night; including pajama night on the 5th, Christmas hats and socks on the 12th, and ugly Christmas sweaters on the 19th. Gates will open at 3pm for bingo and the 50/50 raffle, and the movies will start at 5pm. Prices for the event are eight dollars for folks ages 13+, $5 for people between 4-12, while everyone 3 and under are free. Goebel says in terms of safety for visitors, the Drive ‘N Theatre has already done an impeccable job – and that will continue. “Each car will remain socially distant and when outside the cars people will wear masks, as well as stay socially distant,” explains Goebel. “The bathrooms will be cleaned after each use and the facilities will as well. This event will be one-hundred percent safe for every family member to attend.”
For more information on the Jasper County CEO “A Drive ‘N Christmas” event – please stay tuned to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JasperCountyCEO