The holiday season is just around the bend, and fun celebration plans are in place. Don’t miss holiday shopping, visits with Santa, live entertainment, the annual Christmas parade, tree lighting and more.
The Grove City community is invited to celebrate a full weekend of holiday spirit at the Grove City Christmas Celebration and Mistletoe Market, 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Town Center. Activities are sponsored by the city of Grove City and Heart of Grove City.
“We look forward to welcoming the community to celebrate the holidays this year as we light the Town Center Christmas tree,” said Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage. “Two days of family fun and festive activities including a Community Winds concert bring joy to our community.”
The city of Grove City and Heart of Grove City holiday activities open with the fifth annual Nutcracker Hunt. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 28, find all 47 nutcrackers for a prize or a chance to win the grand prize holiday basket.
Drop your child’s wish list in Santa’s mailbox in front of the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, then shop at Town Center businesses and Mistletoe Market at Town Center Park, 3359 Park Street, for seasonal, creative gift items, artwork, decorations, treats and food trucks to enjoy or share with others while strolling through town.
The Grove City Community parade steps off at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 and winds through the Town Center along Wilbur Avenue, Columbus Street, Broadway and Park Street. Santa, Mayor Stage and city council members will lead the annual tree lighting countdown, following the parade.
The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the city of Grove City invite you to an afternoon of old-time holiday fun at the Christmas Open House, noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec.4, visiting Century Village, 4185 Orders Road; the Grant-Sawyer Home, 4126 Haughn Road; and the Grove City Museum, 3378 Park St. Enjoy vintage Christmas traditions, seasonal displays and decorations, visits with Saint Nick, treats and carols. Docents in period costumes share stories of holiday celebrations of the past at all three sites. At the Grant-Sawyer Home, listen as the Grove City Chamber Singers perform festive music and take photos at the Relieffe-Grant Barn, behind the house.
The Gardens at Gantz volunteers have decorated five trees with the theme “Treats for Wildlife,” at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road. Stop by to appreciate the natural beauty throughout the season.
New this year, participate in the 2021 Christmas Lights Tour, add your decorated home to an interactive map for all to enjoy.
Many more holiday activities happen Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 in multiple locations.
• Photos with Santa. Parents can take their own photo or receive a print for a $5 contribution to T.W.I.G. 184 benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in the Mistletoe Market tent.
• Masonic Lodge Breakfast with Santa, 3558 Park St.
• Community Winds Concert, Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road
• “Reindeer Rides” – horse rides in the green space at Arbutus Avenue and Park Street
• Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, offers cookies and punch and serves as home base for the Grinch as he roams historic Town Center.
• Southwest Public Libraries’ Grove City branch, 3959 Broadway, hosts Santa’s Workshop with a variety of holiday activities.
• Find festive photo spots in Town Center to get a family photo or fun individual photos.
For additional information and the schedule of events, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at 614-277-3050.