By Rick Palsgrove
It’s that most wonderful time of the year!
The city of Groveport will help kickoff the holiday season with its annual Heritage Holiday on Dec. 3 from 3-6 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road.
The festivities begin when Santa Claus arrives with Mayor Lance Westcamp on a Madison Township fire engine at 3 p.m. Santa Claus will visit with children in the log house from 3-5:30 p.m. and he will light the city’s Christmas tree at 6 p.m.
“The tree lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Make sure to join us for a special surprise,” said Groveport Community Affairs Executive Assistant Kristiauna Trelay.
There’s also an added feature at this year’s event.
“This year, we’re thrilled to bring something brand new to our cherished Heritage Holiday festival,” said Trelay. “Introducing our very first Holiday Market, where you’ll discover a curated selection of 12 vendors offering unique, homemade, and handmade holiday items. Join us from 3-6 p.m. for a shopping experience like no other and find the perfect gifts for the season.”
Heritage Holiday also features food trucks from Hogs’N Hunnies BBQ and On The Fly Pizza Guy, free beverages and cookies from Just Because You’re Hungry, a face painter, an iceless skating rink, an ice carver, a holiday family selfie station, a gingerbread house inflatable, and horse at carriage rides at Palm’s Pond. The Groveport Madison Area Community Choir will sing carols from 5:30-6 p.m.
“This event is a unique and special occasion for our community because it does more than mark the holiday season – it brings our community together,” said Trelay. “The Heritage Holiday festival allows us to celebrate our shared traditions, support local vendors, and create magical moments for our children with Santa’s visit. It’s a time when we strengthen the bonds that make our community so close-knit, and it embodies the spirit of togetherness and holiday joy.”