Village Lights kicks off holiday season
It's that time a year again, when flickering candles light the way for thousands of holiday revelers visiting German Village for treats, music and gifts.
The sixth annual Village Lights will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 throughout the historic district.
More than 40 local businesses will be participating, offering live entertainment, refreshments and discounts on merchandise.
Meanwhile, 10,000 luminaria will line village streets and the perimeter of Schiller Park.
Greg Gamier, chairman of the German Village Business Community and co-owner of Village Pet Supply, said the event helps kickoff the holidays in the neighborhood.
"On the first Sunday in December, German Village is transformed into a magical wonderland of light and holiday spirit," Gamier said.
"This is a German Village event that is highly anticipated by both local residents and many folks throughout central Ohio," he said.
"Come out and experience live music, sample some tasty holiday treats and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping."
Among the featured stops is Helen Winnemore Craft Gallery, 150 E. Kossuth St., where the Mendelssohn Liedertafel will sing carols in German and English.
Juergen's Bakery, 525 S. Fourth St., will offer classical piano music from 6 to 10 p.m. while also serving samples of gluehwien, a German spiced wine, holiday cookies and traditional stollen cake.
Patrons will receive a free handmade ornament with any purchase at the Golden Hobby Shop, 630 S. Third St.
At each stop, patrons can register to win one of two gift baskets, which will include items such baseball caps, hand-thrown clay bowls, T-shirts and tickets to The Nutcracker.
This year marks the return of Striezelmarkt, to be held in front of the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
The market will feature 12 vendors, including Village Pet Supply, Silpada, German Village House Histories and Columbus Food Adventures.
Carriage rides also will make their return this year. In the past the carriages held four to six people, this year's carriage will hold 16, Gamier said.
Also part of the weekend's festivities is the annual tree-lighting, slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 30. in Frank Fetch Park. Santa will arrive around 7:15 p.m. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served.
Local musician "Jazz" Mary Daniels will play Christmas classics. The festivities should take about an hour, volunteer Jerry Glick said.
"There's always a huge turnout," Glick said. "Many people say it's become one of their favorite events."