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Shopping, gatherings among December holiday happenings

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Avant Garden, 539 S. Drexel Ave., is all decked out in holiday decorations for Bexley's Kick Off to the Holidays on Dec. 7.

Merchants along South Drexel Avenue and East Main Street will participate in a holiday open house Saturday, Dec. 7.

To kick off the season, several retailers will offer special holiday discounts on a variety of items, said Christine Lisska, proprietor of the Avant Garden, 539 S. Drexel Ave.

"It's an annual holiday kickoff," she said. "That way, we can get people coming over and shopping for the holidays."

In addition to the Avant Garden, participating merchants include:

* Gregg Frame Studio, 537 S. Drexel Ave.

* Cherbourg Bakery, 541 S. Drexel Ave.

* Etc. Boutique, 543 S. Drexel Ave.

* Terroir Wine Shop, 547 S. Drexel Ave.

* Star Jewelers of Bexley, 2260 E. Main St.

* Art Access Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave.

Shoppers can choose from lotions and holiday ornaments at the Avant Garden to gluten-free goods at Cherbourg Bakery.

For more information, call the Avant Garden at 614-235-5666.

Bexley residents have other holiday-themed events to look forward to in December.

Guests can get their fill of pancakes when the Bexley Recreation & Parks Department and Bexley Historical Society team up for their annual pancake breakfast, set from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview.

The historical society decorates the mansion in period decor and holiday trims. Cost of $5, $3 for children ages 12 and younger, includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, along with sausage, juice and coffee.

Proceeds support the Bexley Historical Society.

For more information, call the recreation department at 614-559-4300 or email

The Bexley Celebrations Association will host the annual tree-lighting ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 on the northeast quadrant of Drexel Circle.

Santa, candy canes, hot chocolate, cookies and holiday music will be featured. Members of Bexley Celebrations Association will serve the goodies to guests, who are asked to bring food, clothing and toys for the Giving Tree that will be placed next to Santa.