Escape from the hustle and bustle of the season and bring history to life with new holiday traditions.
The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the city of Grove City invite you to celebrate an evening of old-style holiday fun at the Century Village Open House and Christmas Trolley Tour from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10.
Experience the sights of the holiday season. Stop by Century Village on your own, 3899 Orders Road, or ride on a trolley from the Grove City Museum to Century Village and back, driving past decorated houses along Park Street. Century Village offers a charming Christmas experience complete with the historical buildings adorned with traditional decorations and music, wassail and cookies, and visits with Saint Nick.
View a holiday display featuring items from Grove City’s past including a festive model train village at the Museum and Welcome Center, 3378 Park St. Tours are free, but donations to the Grove City Food Pantry of non-perishable food items are encouraged.
While you’re enjoying the Christmas lights, stop by to see Santa in the Town Center at the Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Country Hearth Primitives, 3937 Broadway, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Grove City Library will have a full day of events. Stop in the youth services department any time to make and take an ornament to give as a gift or hang on your tree. Santa visits Harper’s Grove and will read “T’was the Night before Christmas” at 3:30 p.m. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa until 5:45 p.m. A donation for each picture will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, sponsored by T.W.I.G. 184. In addition to the visit from Santa, the library will host Signs of Christmas at noon. This musical group spreads holiday cheer and awareness of deafness and hard of hearing issues by singing carols. Children ages 4-12 are also invited to Nutcracker Sweet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s youth services department for snacks, crafts and games based on the children’s book and ballet.
The city’s Christmas tribute to the Nutcracker, with an animated window display reminiscent of retail displays from the 1950s, depicts fanciful scenes from the classic tale of Clara and the battle between her beloved Nutcracker and the Mouse King at City Hall, 4035 Broadway. The display is open Monday through Friday, 4 to 10 p.m., and noon to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Visit the Grove City website, GroveCityOhio.gov, for additional information.