The annual Hilliard Tree Lighting will be the held a second year in the Historical Village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St. (next to the Franklin County Fairgrounds). The free event will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

The annual Hilliard Tree Lighting will be the held a second year in the Historical Village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St. (next to the Franklin County Fairgrounds). The free event will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

“Last year we had a great turnout, and last year was the first year we had done it at the Historical Village,” said Beth Simon of the recreation and parks department. “It was a great way to celebrate the start of the holidays, and we’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.”

After seasonal selections from the Scioto Darby Elementary first-grade choir, Mayor Don Schonhardt will light the city tree. Afterwards, the Historical Village will be open until 8 p.m. with a visit from Santa, ice sculpting demonstrations, kettle corn and hot chocolate, among the activities.

“We’ve added reindeer, and we are also going to have cookie decorating,” Simon said.

Before 2010, the tree lighting took place at Municipal Park for 20 years. Simon said moving the lighting to Weaver Park will give it more visibility and help draw more people to Old Hilliard.

Also taking place in December at the Village:

• There will be a holiday light display from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 through Dec. 31.

“This year, we’ve added even more lights underneath the covered bridge, and we added special Old Hilliard banners on the light poles that were just installed recently at the village,” said Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard. The red light poles used to be in downtown Hilliard.

“That adds to the décor and makes it feel even more like a village. The whole purpose is to draw more people to the Hilliard community.”

• A special “Santa Box” will be available for kids to mail letters to Santa from Dec. 1-16. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or a loose stamp. Elves from the senior center will answer the letters for Santa, Simon said.

• The Northwest Franklin County Historical Society and Destination Hilliard present “Olde Hilliard Christmas” Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. Village tours, kids’ activities and live entertainment in the chapel will be featured at the free event. Visit www.destinationhilliard.com for times.

“We’ve been planning the last eight months to add the new things,” Clark said. “We’re excited because we want more visitors to come to the community, and we think they will.”

While at the village, people can drop off new toys or canned goods in bins for the Norwich Township “Firefighters for Kids” drive. The items will be donated to the Hilliard Community Assistance Council.