Hooray for the Holidays!

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Hundreds of families throughout the region came out to experience a bit of holiday fun as the city of Grove City hosted its annual Christmas Celebration. Throughout the two-day celebratory extravaganza on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, people were able to watch as fully decked out marching bands and other civic associations marched in the evening parade on Friday, peruse handmade crafts and other goods at the Mistletoe Market, experience life as it was in the 1800s with events at Century Village in Fryer Park, and, of course, meet Santa Claus as he begins his preparations for the big night. Although most of the children who attended the event were beyond thrilled to see the jolly man from the North Pole, Eli Graham, 2, had the opposite reaction of his older brother, Solomon, who was delighted to have his picture taken with the icon. Ever the professional, Santa (aka John Hampson) took all reactions in stride.
Many in attendance came dressed for the holidays. Here, Andrew Gibson shows off his festive hat alongside his children, Sophia and Connor McNeal. The trio recently moved to Grove City and wanted to experience the merriment in their new hometown.
The Christmas tree made for a great photo opportunity for families.
Liam Johnston-Pickens admires the Leg Lamp ice sculpture that was on display on Friday evening.
The Grinch (aka Autumn Armstrong) made an appearance at the Christmas Celebration. Despite sporting a fearsome look, The Grinch was on its best behavior at the event, taking time out of its evening to pose for pictures with children and adults alike.
Members of the Central Ohio Balloon Club let off hot air in the night.
Sisters Hazel and Rowan Limberg (left to right) were awed by the Christmas tree on display at the corner of Broadway and Park Street. Santa Claus helped Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage perform the tree lighting duties.

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