Celebrating the holiday in Grove City


Grove City Christmas Celebration

The Grove City community is invited to celebrate a fun weekend of holiday spirit.

The Grove City Christmas Celebration and Heart of Grove City Mistletoe Market will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in the historic Town Center.

The annual Heart of Grove City Christmas parade steps off at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1 and winds through the Town Center along Wilbur Avenue, Columbus Street, Broadway and Park Street. Santa, Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike’ Stage, and city council members will lead the annual tree lighting countdown, following the parade at Park Street and Broadway.

Patrons can shop at Town Center businesses and Mistletoe Market at Town Center Park, 3359 Park Street, holiday shopping for seasonal, creative gift items, artwork, decorations, treats and food trucks to enjoy or share with others while strolling through town.

Photos with Santa will be available, and are sponsored by TWIG 184, in the Mistletoe Market tent. Take photos on your own or purchase a photo to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital for $5 each.

Christmas with the Grants’ will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Grant-Sawyer Home, 4126 Haughn Road. Hosted by the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the city of Grove City, enjoy an afternoon of old-time holiday fun with vintage Christmas traditions and seasonal displays and docents in period costumes sharing stories of past holiday celebrations.

The Grove City Library will also host several holiday activities throughout the weekend. For detailed information, visit swpl.org.

For more information on the Christmas Celebration, visit grovecityohio.gov.


Santa’s Mailbox

The delight of the holiday season returns with this Grove City tradition, a direct mail route to Santa. The Parks and Recreation Department elves make sure letters arrive safely at the North Pole.

Children or their parents can drop letters into Santa’s mailbox, in front of the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with every letter.

Drop off letters from Nov. 27 through Dec. 3.

For additional information, call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at 614-277-3050.


Project Heartstrings

Make the holidays brighter for local senior citizens by purchasing a present for Project Heartstrings.

Those interested can drop off unwrapped gifts by Friday, Dec. 1 at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. in Grove City.

Suggested gifts:

  • Blankets or throws
  • Socks
  • Puzzle or crossword books
  • $10 gift cards

For more information, call 614-277-1060 or visit grovecityohio.gov.


Cram the Cruiser Toy Drive

Donate toys and gift cards to help the Grove City Division of Police Cram the Cruiser for the ninth annual holiday toy drive benefiting Franklin County Children Services (FCCS).

Drop off donations at a collection site by Friday, Dec. 1, or at the Cram the Cruiser event, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St.

Youth under the care of FCCS often experience abuse, neglect, or other difficult situations. The toy drive is an opportunity for the community to provide children with a joyful outlet. Donations also can be made on the Franklin County Children Services website.

The drop-off locations:

  • City Hall, 4035 Broadway
  • Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1623 Gateway Circle
  • Grove City Service Department, 3262 Ventura Blvd.
  • Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus Street
  • Grove City Welcome Center & Museum, 3378 Park Street
  • Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave.
  • Safety Complex, 3360 Park St.
  • Story Point Senior Living, 3717 Orders Road

Since 2015, the community has supported the annual toy drive, including volunteers of the Grove City Citizens Police Academy, Grove City United Methodist Church, Parks and Recreation V.I.P. youth, local civic groups and individual residents.

For more information, call 614-277-1718.


Showstoppers present the Evans Center Holiday Hi-Jinks

The Evans Senior Center is preparing for its annual Christmas production performed by their in-house acting group, the Showstoppers.

This performance will consist of three short plays, one of them being a fast-track adaptation of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” that is similar, yet different than the original,  a behind-the-scenes look at the North Pole human resource office when Santa decides to submit his retirement papers “Searching for Santa,” and a fun-filled parody of modern-day reality shows titled “The North Pole’s Got Talent.”

The performances will be held at the Evans Senior Center at 1 p.m. Dec. 5, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.


Community Club Christmas Dinner

The Grove City Community Club will host a Christmas chicken and noodle dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at 3397 Civic Place in Grove City. For more information, visit grovecitycommunituclub.org.

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