The Plain Township Fire Station and historic Ealy House will hold holiday open houses Sunday, Dec. 8.
The fire station at 9500 Johnstown Road will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Santa Claus is expected to arrive in a fire truck at 2 p.m. and he will be available for photos with children.
The fire station hosts live entertainment throughout the celebration, with performances by the New Albany Chorus and music students from GnG Music Instruction of New Albany, said Debbie Barnett, the fire station's administrative assistant.
Barnett said New Albany Cub Scout Pack 150 will serve hot chocolate and firefighters will bake cookies for children to decorate.
"One of the things folks keep asking for is cards for military," Barnett said. "Families come back (every year) just to do the cards."
She said families decorate cards that are sent to U.S. military personnel.
The firefighters who are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3850 are asking people to bring new unwrapped toys to be donated to Firefighters for Kids. Firefighter unions in central Ohio collect toys that are donated to families in need through a program coordinated by the Columbus Division of Fire, according to the Firefighters For Kids website.
The Boy Scouts of America will accept canned food donations the same day. All food will be donated to the Village Coalition Against Hunger, a local food pantry.
* The Ealy House at 6359 Dublin-Granville Road is a mid-19th-century building reflective of historical development in the area that was restored by the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society.
The home will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Dec. 8, said Marilyn Regrut, the historical society's president.
"Last year we opened on Black Friday. I was thinking people might have house guests who would not want to shop," Regrut said. "We had a wonderful turnout and were so surprised at how many people came."
Regrut said the home has minimal Christmas decorations, which is period appropriate. Society members will serve as docents during both events, answering questions and talking to visitors about the area's history.
Regrut said the home was toured by New Albany-Plain Local students in first and eighth grades this year. She said many of them might want to come back for this tour so they can view the home's attic, which is not typically open for school tours.
"The attic is very interesting because it's the same size as the other rooms in the house and has a really nice old floor in there," she said.
The New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society has prepared a display of vintage toys for both occasions.
Regrut said there is no charge for the tour. Parking is available across the street at the New Albany Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Road.