Olde Hilliard Christmas headlines weekend events
Several community groups will work together to host holiday activities this weekend.
Destination Hilliard will collaborate with the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society, Hilliard Arts Council, Rotary Club of Hilliard, cityz of Hilliard and the Key Clubs of Bradley, Darby and Davidson high schools to present Olde Hilliard Christmas Dec. 14-16 at the Historical Village at Weaver Park, located between the Norwich Township Fire Department and the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St.
"Olde Hilliard Christmas is a great example of a number of organizations collaborating to bring a fantastic series of events to the community for the holidays," said Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard.
Olde Hilliard Christmas will be celebrated from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 2:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
Admission to Olde Hilliard Christmas is free but those attending are encouraged to bring canned goods or an unwrapped toy for the Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive.
Docents from the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society will provide tours of all the buildings in the Historical Village at Weaver Park.
Activities on Dec. 14 include singing Christmas carols and children's activities.
Live music by Ken and Mary, turbo accordionists, Luke the Jugglerand balloon artists are highlights of activities Dec. 15.
Olde Hilliard Christmas concludes Dec. 16 with horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and Santa in the Caboose, an opportunity for children to meet Santa Claus in the caboose at Weaver Park.
"I hope the community brings their families, friends and colleagues to enjoy all the festivities," Clark said.
In addition to Olde Hilliard Christmas, the Hilliard Arts Council this weekend will present A Christmas Carol and Handel's Messiah, an oratorio.
A Christmas Carol will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the church chapel at Weaver Park.
A canned-food donation or a toy for the firefighters toy drive is suggested.
Handel's Messiah will be performed at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 6135 Rings Road.