Spreading holiday cheer in Grove City

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Taking advantage of higher than normal temperatures, hundreds of people throughout the region descended upon the Town Center in Grove City to attend its annual Christmas Celebration on Dec. 6. For a majority of the day, residents and visitors shopped at the Mistletoe Market, traveled via bus to neighboring parks to experience frontier life at Century Village, watched the parade and soaked up the sights and sounds of the season. The annual event, which is presented by the city and the Heart of Grove City, also featured live-animals, sculptors and a visit from a certain magical being from the North Pole. Shown here are a few scenes captured at the holiday celebration.
Jason Bartlett, an ice sculptor with Rock on Ice, puts the finishing touches on his reindeer artwork.
The mother-daughter duo Dancer and Prancer take a rest while cameras snap away. The reindeer were there courtesy of the Pine Acres Reindeer Farm in LaRue, Ohio.
Brittany Ward and her festively adorned children, Camdyn and Mack could not resist having a photo taken in front of the Nutcracker display by City Hall.
Santa Claus (aka Bill White) sat for hours in his sleigh for picture time with families. Here, Charissa Mathews, her husband, Nick and her 2-year-old son, Mason get their photo taken.
Hirtis Randolph performs a solo of ‘O Holy Night’ during a “Signs” of Christmas musical performance. The Columbus-based group uses American Sign Language to sing holiday songs.
Natasha Davis, Tony Buechner and Ayiona Harwell check out the miniature Christmas Village display at the city’s Welcome Center and Museum.

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