Lighting up the Hipp with Holiday Spirit

Lighting up the Hipp with Holiday Spirit

By Natalia Veray

“Once I put up the decorations, everyone at the Hipp gets into the Christmas spirit,” Sharon Wary Patton said. “Everyone seems to care about each other a little bit more.”

Patton has been visiting the Hippodrome Theatre during the holidays to spread Christmas cheer with dazzling decorations for the past six years. A former employee peaked her interest in the gig, and since then, she has been returning every year.

“I think the Hipp is even more special during the holidays because of all the festivities and programs they put on,” Patton said. This holiday season, family-friendly “A Year with Frog and Toad” and the 40th Anniversary production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” share the Mainstage and open Thanksgiving weekend.

This magical time of the year would not be the same without Patton’s efforts.

When she is not at the Hipp, Patton works as a full-time caregiver and selflessly spends her time ensuring the wellbeing of her patients.

Patton is inspired by serving and helping others. She says that she keeps coming back to the Hipp every year because she recognizes that people appreciate her work.

The Hipp and Patton have collaborated on many decorating projects, and recycle most of the same ornaments and lights every year. Decorating the Hipp is not the only holiday tradition she likes to celebrate.

“I love getting together with my family and watching the classic holiday movies,” Patton said. “I’d say that’s my favorite part about Christmas  — spending time with my loved ones.”

One thing is for certain, holidays at the Hipp are even brighter with Patton!

For reservations to one of our holiday shows, click here or call 352.375.4477.

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