Join us for a joyous, magical Christmas celebration in honor of Martinsville’s own Bobby Helms. This event will be held in downtown Martinsville on Sunday, December 5th, 3 pm – 7 pm. This event and all activities are FREE to all guests. Come and enjoy live entertainment, pictures with Santa, carriage rides, a trackless train for kids & adults, life-size snow globes, and the Whoville characters will be there too! The Christmas tree will be lit around 6:15 pm. Be sure to visit and support the downtown businesses that will be open this day.
The City of Martinsville, Porch Time, & Rediscover Martinsville
The Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Music Spectacular
The 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2021
Dates: Sunday, December 5, 2021, Downtown Martinsville, Indiana
Entertainment & Attractions: All Free to Public
Entertainment: The Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Spectacular Band, which includes Bobby Helms’ son and grandson, Martinsville Community Band, Martinsville Community Choir, Tom Fiddlery Band and Students, J2 Dance Team, The Isaac Family Band, Maddy Collinsworth, Wendy Tannebarger, and Rose O’Neal
Attractions: All Free to Public
Carriage Rides, Trackless Train Rides, Giant Snow Globes, Santa Claus, Whoville Characters, Live Nativity Scene, 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Merchant Decorating Contest
Money raised goes to the Red Barn & WellSpring Food Pantries. The winner receives a Traveling Trophy.
Why The Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Spectacular:
Bobby Helms made “Jingle Bell Rock” famous in 1957, as he is the original artist of the well-known Christmas Classic Jingle Bell Rock. In the year 2020 Jingle Bell Rock reached #3 on the Hot Billboard 100 Chart which is an amazing feat as the song is now over 60 years old! Jingle Bell Rock is one of the biggest selling Christmas songs of all time!
Bobby Helms, born to a musical family in Bloomington, Indiana in 1933, began his career as part of a country duo, singing with his brother Freddy who accompanied him on the guitar. “The Helms Brothers” became a regional attraction and were asked to appear on the Hayloft Frolic television show in Bloomington.
After his television debut, Helms was asked to sing background vocals for an Ernest Tubb session, which gave him the connections he needed to earn a recording contract of his own. Helms then began a very successful solo country career as his debut country single, “Fraulein,” hit number one on the country charts in April of 1957, and his second number one hit, “My Special Angel” was released in October of the same year.
“Jingle Bell Rock” was Helms’ next recording, released two days before Christmas in 1957. The song quickly rose to number six on the charts and continued to reappear in the pop song rankings four out of the following five years, confirming the song’s status as a true Christmas classic.
Bobby continued to tour and record for the next three decades. He spent many of his later years living in Martinsville, Indiana, and, after a long and successful career, he passed away from emphysema and asthma in 1997.
Bobby Helms will forever be remembered for his accomplishments in both the Country and Christmas music genres. His son Rob Helms, and grandson Michael McCartney are carrying on the tradition of his musical legacy.
- 3:00pm-6:00pm- Trackless Train Rides (Around the Courthouse Square)
- 3:00pm-7:00pm- Carriage Rides, Photos with Santa Claus at the Corner of Washington & Main St.
- The Whoville Characters, Live Nativity Scene at First Christian Church
- Stage Schedule (Subject to Change):
- 3:00pm- Martinsville Community Band (In front of Stage)
- 3:20pm- Martinsville Community Choir
- 3:45pm- Maddie Collinsworth & Wendy Tanneberger
- 4:10pm- The Isaac Family Band
- 4:35pm– Tom Fiddlery Band and Students
- 5:00pm– Rose O’Neal
- 5:25pm- The Reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
- 5:30pm– The Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Spectacular Band
- Immediately following: The 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting