By Rick Palsgrove
Santa Claus is coming to Groveport!
The jolly old elf will visit during the city of Groveport’s “A Heritage Holiday,” to be held Dec. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road.
“Heritage Park is a big part of our history,” said Groveport Community Affairs Director Patty Storts. “What better way to begin the holidays than by decorating and lighting up Heritage Park and welcoming Santa Claus to our town.”
Activities on Dec. 6 include: Santa’s arrival at the park by fire truck, visits with Santa in Groveport Log House, the traditional community tree lighting, a performance by the Groveport Community Choir, ice carving, kids’ crafts, hayrides pulled by a tractor around Palm Pond, and coffee and hot chocolate. Bring your camera for photos with Santa!
Activities on Dec. 7 include: visits with Santa in Groveport Log House, live reindeer, kids’ crafts, farm animals, trackless train rides, a bounce house, and coffee and hot chocolate.
The trackless train ride is something different this year.
“It is a pretty large train that people can ride in,” said Storts. “It will be going around Palm Pond on Saturday (Dec. 7) during the event.”
Call 614-836-3333 for information about “A Heritage Holiday.”
North Pole Village
The Groveport Town Hall art gallery, 648 Main St., is hosting Jeneane Miles’ North Pole Village through Dec. 31. The display includes 932 trees, 150 lit features, more than 200 animals, and 7 pounds of snow in an old fashioned village decorated for the holidays. For information call 614-836-3333.
Lunch with Santa
Have lunch with Santa Claus at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, on Dec. 15 from 1-3 p.m. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. The event also features holiday carols, story time, coloring contest, and more. Tickets are $6 per person and are on sale at the Groveport Recreation Center through Dec. 8. Call 614-836-1000 for information.
Christmas in Lockbourne
The village of Lockbourne will celebrate its fourth annual Christmas Hop on Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at 206 Vause St. in Lockbourne. There will be music, snacks, and a visit with Santa. There will be a Christmas ornament hunt in the green beside 206 Vause St. and a concert at the Lockbourne United Methodist Church. The evening will end with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Santa Parade in Madison Township
Madison Township’s “Santa Parade” will be held on Dec. 14. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Hamilton Road. For the parade route go to “Important Information” at www.madisontownship.org.
Meet Santa inside at Groveport Madison Middle School North, 5474 Sedalia Drive, from 2-2:45 p.m. There will be goodie bags for the first280 kids plus refreshment and activities.
Santa’s Workship hosted by Mrs. Claus in Obetz
Join Mrs. Claus for a night of holiday crafts, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, and more at Santa’s Workshop at the Obetz Community Center, 1650 Obetz Avenue, Obetz, on Dec. 6. at 6 p.m. with check-in at 5:30 p.m. Registrations accepted until Nov. 27 or until the event is full, whichever occurs first. The event is limited to children ages 4 to 14. Walk-ins not accepted. You must be pre-registered to participate. A parent or guardian must be present during the entirety of this free event. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obetz’ Christmas Kick Off
The village of Obetz’ Christmas Kick Off will be held Dec. 7 from 4:30-8 p.m. at 4390 Lancaster Avenue, Obetz. The event features a tree lighting ceremony, live reindeer, pictures with Santa, ice sculptors, a carousel, ice skating, free popcorn, and hot cocoa.
Canal Winchester’s Christmas in the Village
Canal Winchester’s annual storybook Christmas celebration kicks off the holiday season in downtown Canal Winchester on Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m.
Christmas in the Village will feature Santa visits, a holiday craft bazaar, model train displays, ice sculpting, kids’ activities, a gingerbread house contest, holiday music, and more. Santa Claus will arrive downtown to start the event each night by officially lighting the Christmas tree at Stradley Park (behind the city’s municipal building at 36 S. High St.).
On Dec. 6, arrive early to watch the Brockstrong Light up the Night Holiday Lights parade.
Visit www.cwholidaylightsparade.com for information about the Holiday Lights Parade.
A Christmas Trolley will make its way through downtown during Christmas in the Village, making stops on South High Street, the Frances Steube Community Center, and at the historic “Queen of the Line” Railroad Depot.
Many businesses, shops and restaurants in the city’s historic downtown will offer special activities and attractions during Christmas in the Village, from visits with classic cartoon characters to live performances by local school groups.
Visit www.destinationcw.org or www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for information about Christmas in the Village.
Christmas in the Village is a partnership between the city of Canal Winchester and Destination: Canal Winchester.