By Rick Palsgrove
Reynoldsburg will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays at the annual Christmas on the Towne celebration.
The event, sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Community Association, will be held Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on East Street between Lancaster Avenue and Waggoner Road. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Christmas with happiness in our hearts.”
The event will feature carriage rides, live entertainment, cookie decorating, Santa and Mrs. Claus, raffles, food and activities.
“Come one, come all,” said Mary Hudson, director of the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau.
Annual tree lighting
Reynoldsburg’s annual “Tree Lighting,” sponsored for the past 20 years by the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau, will be held Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Reynoldsburg City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.
Combined choirs made up of fourth graders from Rosehill, Herbert Mills and one other elementary school, under the direction of Scot Ashton, will perform.
First Service Credit Union will supply cookies and the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau will supply cocoa, according to Hudson.
“The ‘Tomato Festival Royalty’ will also be on hand to help kick off the holiday season in Reynoldsburg,” said Hudson.
Historical Society gift shop open
The Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society’s holiday gift shop will be open during Christmas on the Towne on Dec. 6. The gift shop is located at the society’s Heritage Center museum, 1485 Jackson St., opposite Hannah Ashton Middle School, one block south of Main St., traffic light #8.
For information about the Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society, visit www.rths.info or call (614) 863-6969.
Breakfast with Santa Claus
Have Breakfast with Santa Claus on Dec. 13 from 9-11 a.m. at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.
“Families can enjoy pancakes and sausage, make holiday crafts and have their picture taken with Santa. Wear your favorite “ugly” holiday sweater to enter the ‘Ugly Sweater Contest,’” said Kristin Hampton-Harmon of the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department.
Registration is required through the Parks and Recreation Department and the deadline to register is Dec. 8. The fee is $20 per family of four (additional person is $2). To register visit sports.bluesombrero.com/Reynoldsburg or sign up with paper applications at the parks and recreation office.
The event is sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department. Members of Simple Church are volunteering.
“Since the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was a huge success, we decided to also sponsor a Breakfast with Santa,” said Donna Bauman, acting parks and recreation director.
For information contact Kristin Hampton-Harmon at (614) 322-6839 or email email@example.com.
5k Reindeer Run
Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids, an organization benefiting kids with cancer, is also partnering with the city and holding a 5K Reindeer Run at 9 a.m. beginning in Huber Park. A kids’ fun run will follow. Visit www.nc4k.org for details.