By Rick Palsgrove
Santa is coming to town!
The city of Groveport will kick off the holiday season with its annual “A Heritage Holiday” event on Dec. 11 from 5-8 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road.
Santa Claus and Mayor Lance Westcamp will be make their grand entrance arriving on a Madison Township Fire Department fire truck at 5 p.m. to start the event. The traditional tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m.
“Children will be able to visit with Santa in the log house from 5-8 p.m. with a short break while Santa lights the tree,” said Groveport Community Affairs Director Jessica Reeves-Wyke. “An event like this is important because it brings the community together to celebrate the holiday season.”
“A Heritage Holiday” also features horse drawn carriage rides around Palm Pond, miniature train rides, holiday music, farm animals, ice carvings, kids’ crafts, as well as coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.
“New to the event this year is the addition of two food trucks – Phillips on Wheels and Joseppi’s Pizza,” said Reeves-Wyke. “Also, Terri Christensen and members of the Groveport Madison Area Community Choir will sing, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” directly following the tree lighting and holiday music will be played throughout the event by a DJ.”
For information call 614-836-3333.
Breakfast with Santa
Grab the entire family and head to the Paddock Pub, 1005 Richardson Road, Groveport, on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m for a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa Claus. Kids will be able to talk with Santa and have their picture taken with him. Santa will read, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the children and lead the kids in some Christmas carols. Face coverings are required in the facility except when at your table. Register by Dec. 14 either in person at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road or online @ groveportrec.com. Tickets are $8 per person. Limited to the first 150 registrants.
Gingerbread house contest
From Dec. 1-17, Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., will host a gingerbread house contest. Visitors to Town Hall will get to vote on their favorite gingerbread houses. For information call 614-836-333.