The holiday season officially gets under way Saturday in Bexley with the annual "Kickoff to the Holidays" event.

The holiday season officially gets under way Saturday in Bexley with the annual "Kickoff to the Holidays" event.

Many Bexley retailers will observe extended hours Saturday and the event will feature live entertainment. The Bexley High School choir will stroll down Drexel Avenue and Main Street singing Christmas carols from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Stores participating in the kick-off include: The Avant Garden, Art Access Gallery, Gregg Frame Studio, Cherbourg Bakery, ETC., Star Jewelers and the Hammond Harkins Gallery.

The Bexley Celebrations Association and Bexley Recreation Department will hold their annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, at Drexel Circle.

Greiner said the brief ceremony will feature an appearance by Santa Claus and hot chocolate and cookies, courtesy of the Bexley Celebrations Association.

The Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble will perform beginning about 4 p.m. in anticipation of the tree-lighting and the arrival of Santa at 4:30.

The event is free event and open to the public.