Thursday, April 24th, 2014

CW’s Christmas in the Village

Roving carolers, Santa visits, horse-drawn carriage rides, hay rides, ice sculpting, kids’ activities, and more return to start the holiday season at Canal Winchester’s annual Christmas in the Village.

The event is free and will be held Dec. 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. in the Canal Winchester’s historic downtown.

Santa Claus will arrive downtown on a historic truck to start each night with the Christmas tree lighting (Dec. 6 at approximately 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at approximately 5 p.m.). Immediately following the tree lighting, Santa Claus will visit with children of all ages in the Huntington Bank. Bring your cameras to capture the moment for your children.

Santa heard there is great need among local families again this year. While completely optional, those wishing to visit with Santa Claus at the Huntington Bank are asked to consider helping the less fortunate by bringing a toy for donation to the Canal Winchester Human Services’ Adopt-A-Family program.

Horse drawn carriage rides and hayrides pulled by antique tractors will operate throughout the event as well as a mini-train that will take smaller children for a ride along South High Street (closed to traffic).

There will be kids’ games, sponsored by the Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce, at Chase Bank and kids’ crafts in Town Hall, sponsored by the Goddard School.

Holiday gifts will be available for purchase at the craft bazaar, sponsored by Destination: Canal Winchester, in the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. For information about the craft bazaar, contact Destination: Canal Winchester at or (614) 270-5053.

Also in the community center will be the popular model trains that will be set up and running through a miniature landscape.

Watch an ice sculptor at work in Stradley Place both nights and enjoy eating freshly popped popcorn courtesy of the Canal Winchester Pageant Queens also in Stradley Place. Carolers will roam throughout the event both nights.

There will be an expanded gingerbread house competition. The gingerbread houses will be displayed at Lynch Retirement Advisors, 3 W. Waterloo St. Gingerbread house contest entries must be submitted by Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Judging is Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. For information on the gingerbread house contest call Diane Mays (614) 834-7501.

Many downtown businesses will host open house activities so step out of cold, do a little holiday shopping, and help spread holiday cheer by visiting the businesses.

Visit for a complete list of events and detailed location map. For other information contact Diane Mays at (614) 834-7501 or

Christmas in the Village is a partnership between the city of Canal Winchester and Destination: Canal Winchester. This free community event would not be possible without the support of many local businesses and volunteers.

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