Downtown Development Partnership to host inaugural Light Up Muncie event

The Muncie Downtown Development Partnership and the Horizon Convention Center are looking for Ball State student volunteers to help with the first annual Light Up Downtown Kick-off Celebration on Nov. 26.

The organizations need help setting up prior to the event on Nov. 25-26. They also need volunteers to decorate items for the planned Winter Wonderland.

Items for the Winter Wonderland can include trees, wreaths, centerpieces, topiaries and other items which the organizations will auction to raise money for the Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, Jody Clevenger, director of operations for the Horizon Convention Center, said.

Light Up Muncie is a series of events to celebrate the holiday season, its website said.

Teams that decorate items will receive visible recognition at the event, as well as 10 general admission passes and other benefits. Decorators can deliver their items to the Horizon Convention Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 21-23.

"It's a big undertaking and any volunteers to come our way are certainly welcome," Clevenger said.

Clevenger said this is the first kick-off celebration, though she hopes it will become an annual event. The celebration will mark the beginning of a series of holiday events Downtown Development has planned, and will feature a Winter Wonderland, Shopping Village, North Pole Workshop and a Kick-off Dinner Dance in the evening.

Students interested in volunteering or who would like to decorate an item for the Winter Wonderland can contact Clevenger at 765-751-9141 or email her at


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