Community organizations like the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gahanna Events are looking forward to the 10th anniversary of Holiday Lights! on Nov. 29.

Community organizations like the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gahanna Events are looking forward to the 10th anniversary of Holiday Lights! on Nov. 29.

CVB director Karen Eylon said some committee members have been dedicated to Holiday Lights! for 10 years.

"They have been excited and working toward the grand celebration for 10 years," she said. "There are a lot of exciting things planned for this year's event to mark this great anniversary celebration."

Holiday Lights! kicks off the holiday season and is a wonderful way for the community to get together, Eylon said.

The parade, which begins at 6 p.m., has been great with plenty of professional and amateur floats. This year's parade includes marching bands from Gahanna Lincoln High School, Clyde High School, LaGrange High School, Southeastern High School and Valley Forge and Buckeye Brass.

"There will be lots of festive music and really great floats," Eylon said. "We have wonderful participation from the community again."

This year's parade grand marshal is Old Bag of Nails owner Mike Purdum. He was named grand marshal in appreciation for his ongoing support of Gahanna, Eylon said. Old Bag of Nails was one of the first businesses to open at Creekside.

"He always gives back," Eylon said. "The man owns restaurants in several different communities, but there is never a sense that he is not part of the community on a full-time basis. He really has been one of our strong supporters for many years."

Holiday Lights! will start with a holiday storytime breakfast at 8 a.m. Visits with Curious George (the mouse from "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies") and Max and Ruby also are planned. Chris Cakes will serve breakfast.

The visit with Santa will be upgraded, Eylon said. Santa Claus has been moved to a beautiful new home on the Creekside Rotary stage.

"It is a very-well-decorated, exciting place to come and give a list of wishes to Santa," she said.

Also at Creekside Park a variety of free children's activities will run all day. In previous years, activities for children would start in the late afternoon, but this year's activities will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Community groups like Peace Lutheran Church and Gahanna Parks and Recreation will provide crafts and activities.

Children also may visit the Secret Santa gift shop to purchase small gifts for loved ones.

Musical offerings also have been expanded, Eylon said. In previous years music started closer to the start of the parade. Entertainment this year will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 7:45 p.m. Performers include the Gahanna Lionettes, the 88 Keys band, concert choirs and Nashville national recording artist Christy Gill.

"There is a full lineup of entertainment again as a great way to kick off the holiday season," Eylon said.

Holiday Lights! still is in need of volunteers, Eylon said, adding that organizers are looking for energetic adults and youth. Volunteers help with everything from stage setup to greeting. One other change this year is that part of Mill Street will be closed for the entire day, Eylon said.

The area between Town and Walnut streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Granville and Mill streets will close at 5:30 p.m. for the parade.

For more information about Holiday Lights! visit www.gahannaholidaylights.com or call (614) 478-0878.

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