'Tis the season for holiday events in Grandview and Marble Cliff.
The city of Grandview Heights will hold its annual lighting of the community holiday tree at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Grandview Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd.
"It's always a wonderful community event," said Recreation Supervisor Mike Patterson.
The evening will include refreshments and carol singing with the Grandview High School Singers.
"We are partnering with the Grandview PTO for a new activity this year," Patterson said. "The kids will be able to decorate ornaments from the Clay Cafe."
Flat ornaments can be purchased for $5 and ball ornaments for $10. The finished, fired ornaments will be available for pickup on or after Dec. 12 at the Clay Cafe, 1644 W. Fifth Ave.
The winners of the annual holiday coloring contest, co-sponsored by Grandview Parks and Recreation and Members First Pathways Financial Credit Union, will be announced during the tree-lighting. The winners will have the honor of helping to flip the switch to light the holiday tree.
Winners in each of four age categories will receive a $25 savings-account certificate.
Youngsters can pick up a picture to color at the parks department office, Members First, the youth services department at the Grandview Library, and at the Municipal Building. Entries are due by noon Monday, Dec. 2.
The village of Marble Cliff will hold its annual holiday party for residents and their grandchildren from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Our Lady of Victory's Parish Life Center, 1541 Roxbury Road.
Invitations are expected to be mailed this week and residents are asked to reply by Wednesday, Dec. 4, village Administrator Bill Johannes said.
"We'll have dessert and beverages and Santa has been invited as well," he said. "We're asking in keeping with the spirit of the season that residents bring a gift of nonperishable food items we will donate to the Heart to Heart food pantry at First Community Church."
Santa also will pay a visit from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.
Children will be able to have their pictures taken with Santa free of charge. Photographs will be emailed the following week to those who submit email addresses.
Santa's visit is co-sponsored by the city and the library.
As part of the library's Music in the Atrium series, the Grandview Singers will perform a holiday show at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the library.