Holiday in the Springs

Holiday spirit and New Year’s Eve fun in the village.

By Robin Lynne Melet

Yellow Springs will be full of holiday spirit and activity for the last two weeks of the year.

As part of the Third Friday Fling on Dec. 17, Brother Bear’s Coffee House (a family-owned and operated business) will be showing “The Nightmare Before Christmas” from 7 to 9 p.m. “We encourage people to dress up as the characters from the movie as well,” said Mindy Harney, co-owner and event coordinator. “We think of our event as exciting and this a place where people can come to buy eclectic gifts. It’s just such a great alternative.” For more information, contact Mindy at (937) 767-1514 or

Remember also to warm yourself by the cozy community fire pits all around town, tended by Santa’s elves. Don’t forget to bring marshmallows for roasting.

Ian serving smoothies at Main Squeeze

The Main Squeeze, located at 229 Xenia Ave., will be having a holiday beer brewing demonstration with Brian Johnson and wine/mozzarella cheese demonstration with free samples from microbiologist Donna Johnson from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

What makes this beer brewing demonstration so special? “I want people to see how easy it is to make beer,” said Johnson. “The fun thing is that you can make anything you want.” There is no fee to participate and the equipment is for sale so you can make your own beer at home.

“The cheese only takes about a half an hour to make and you are good to go,” said Johnson. You’ll get to taste free samples of chocolate raspberry port wine and Mead, plus others. Call the Main Squeeze at  (937) 767-1607 for more information.

Reindeer Games in King’s Yard and the “Create Your Best Elf” costume contest will be hosted by Ye Olde Trail Tavern. Contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce for more details at (937) 767-2686.

The film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be projected onto a storefront and run throughout Friday Dec. 17.

Don’t forget to celebrate Kwanzaa with a Karamu Feast (potluck dinner) at the Bryan Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. Admission is a donation of a nonperishable food. For more information, call AACW at (937) 767-9114.

On New Year's Eve at midnight the ball is dropped near the intersection of Short St. and Xenia Ave.

Don’t forget about the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop, where people come running from other parties just to see it at the corner of Short Street and Xenia Avenue between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Why Yellow Springs for the ball drop? “About 35 years ago, a great tradition started with a mirrored ball that runs from a cable to downtown,” said Lance Rudegeair. “Later Christmas lights were added and everyone wanted to touch the ball. I gather the people, give a short speech and drop the ball from the clock,” he added.

About 300-500 people gather in the village streets and sometimes you will see someone dressed as Father Time or someone in a diaper walking the streets. Usually it is a gathering of families and friends.

“Normally, people come to reunite,” Rudegeair said.

And so, on December 31, around 11:58 p.m., in unison, the countdown will begin. Forget about watching it on TV and come see a real ball drop in Yellow Springs.

In case the festivities are too much to handle for a select few, the Springs Motel is open for business in case a stay in the village is necessary. The motel is located on Grimmel Road. For more information about the ball drop and other New Year’s Eve events, call (937) 767-5801.

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