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.
Christmas in the Village activities
•Tree lighting, 6 p.m. on Dec. 6; 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Stradley Park – 36 S. High St.
•Visit with Santa (hosted by Huntington Bank – 37 S. High St., courtesy of Destination: Canal Winchester). Look for the Canal Winchester Human Services’ Adopt-A-Family Toy Box. Food, toy, or donation to Adopt-A-Family Program appreciated.
•Christmas Trolley (Stops at Huntington Bank, Community Center, and Train Depot).
•Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s Prentiss School and Railroad Depot will be open to visitors each night. (Hosted by CW Historical Society – 96 N. High St.)
•Popcorn station (Hosted by Miss CW Pageant Queens, Stradley Place – 36 S. High St.)
•Ice Sculptures (Stradley Place – 36 S. High St.)
•Christmas Music on S. High St. (courtesy of City Councilman Mike Walker.)
•Children’s Train Rides on S. High St.
•Hayrides (In front of municipal building – 36 S. High St., courtesy of Dill’s Greenhouse and Larry Dowler.)
•Gingerbread House Contest (Hosted by HER Realtors, Kelly Abbott – 11 S. High St.)
•Children’s games (Hosted by Chase Bank – 8 S. High St.)
•Children’s crafts (Town Hall – 10 N. High St., courtesy of Goddard School.)
•Craft bazaar (Community Center – 22 S. Trine St., courtesy of Destination: CW.)
•Train display (Community Center – 22 S. Trine St., courtesy of Georgie Emerson Vintage.)
One night only:
•Dec. 6 – Brockstrong Holiday Lights Parade with Santa. (Begins at 5:30 p.m. with Santa arriving downtown at 6 p.m.)
•Dec. 6 – Christmas Carols by Canal Winchester High School Choir (Stradley Place – 36 S. High St., 5:45- 6:45 p.m.)
•Dec. 7 – Santa Procession (Begins at 4:30 p.m. with Santa arriving downtown at 5 p.m.)
Other venues’ activities:
The following activities will be hosted by businesses located outside of the Christmas in the Village street closures.
•Cookies & Cardmaking (Faith United Methodist Church – 15 W. Columbus St.)
•CW Middle School Vocal Ensemble Holiday Performance on Dec. 7 – (Faith United Methodist Church – 15 W. Columbus St. 5:30 p.m.)
•Meet Frosty the Snowman (e-Merge Realty, The Megan Bell Group – 11 N. High St.)
•Pet Pictures with Santa (Vasko offices- 19 N. High St. ) $10 donation suggested.
•Meet the Grinch (HER Realtors, Smith Home Group – 25 N. High St.)
•Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rise Realty, CW – 36 N. High St.)
•Outdoor Christmas treats (Re/Max Connection – 74 N. High St.)
•Food, Friends, & Fa-La-La Fun! (Hosted by many quaint local shops & restaurants along High Street and Waterloo Street.)