The Grove City community is invited to celebrate a full day of holiday spirit at the Grove City Christmas Celebration, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 in the historic Town Center.

Christmas Celebration

The Grove City community is invited to celebrate a full day of holiday spirit at the Grove City Christmas Celebration, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 in the historic Town Center.

Activities are sponsored by the City of Grove City, the Grove City Town Center Inc., the Grove City Arts Council and others.

Choirs perform on stage on Park Street west of Broadway as children visit with Santa on the Town Center Plaza. Parents can take their own photo or receive one for a $5 contribution to T.W.I.G. 184 benefitting Nationwide Children's Hospital. Donations of money, food or personal hygiene products for the Grove City Food Pantry and of toys and gift cards for the Jackson Township Firefighters for Kids holiday toy program also are accepted on the Town Center Plaza.

Local artists' work will be on display and patrons can and vote for the People's Choice Award from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grove City Arts Council's Christmas Art Exhibit in the City Hall lobby.

Vendors offer holiday crafts and artwork for sale at the Mistletoe Market from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The market, on Park Street west of Broadway, builds on the old-world charm of the traditional German Kristkindl Market. In addition to the selections in Town Center businesses, the tents offer opportunities to purchase gift items, decorations and treats to enjoy and share.

A Secret Santa station for children to purchase gifts to present anonymously to loved ones is on the Town Center Plaza, and other activities are located in Town Center businesses.

For details, visit grovecitytowncenter.org or call 614-539-8762.

Christmas parade

The parade steps off at 7:30 p.m. and features marching bands, floats decorated in Christmas lights and more. The route starts at Park Street Intermediate School, proceeds north on Wilbur Avenue, turns west down Columbus Street, travels south on Broadway then east on Park Street back to the school. To participate in the Christmas parade, contact the Grove City Town Center via email at info@grovecitytowncenter.org or phone at 614-539-8762. After the parade wraps up, Santa returns to help Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage light the community tree in the Town Center Plaza.

From 6 to 8 p.m., view an ice sculptor transforming a block of ice into a holiday icon at the southeast corner of Jackson Street and Broadway and reindeer at the southeast corner of Civic Place and Broadway.

Oldies band the Gas Pump Jockeys will perform on the stage on Broadway with festive holiday and rock music from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to close out the night.

Visit GroveCityOhio.gov for up-to-date event information.

Parking for holiday activities

To accommodate the Christmas Celebration and the Mistletoe Market, several streets are affected by parking and traffic restrictions. Drivers are asked to show extra caution when driving near the road blocks and on Kingston Avenue behind Park Street Intermediate School due to increased pedestrian traffic.

* 10 a.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday: Park Street west of Broadway to Front Street.

* 2 p.m. through approximately 10 p.m. Saturday: Broadway, south of Grant Avenue to north of Grove City Road and Park Street, Broadway east to Arbutus Avenue.

* Rolling road closures from 7:15 p.m. through the duration of parade: Park Street west of Haughn Road, Wilbur Avenue, Columbus Street from Wilbur Avenue west to Broadway and Broadway from Columbus Street south to Grant Avenue.

Parking is not permitted on affected streets after noon Saturday; restrictions start at 8 a.m. Friday on Park Street west of Broadway.

Santa's Mailbox

Children can drop off their letters to Santa Monday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 8, in his mailbox in front of the Grove City Library, 3360 Park St.

To receive a reply, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with every letter.

For additional information, call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at 614-277-3050.