The Holidays in Powell event will take on a new focus under the auspices of Historic Downtown Powell Inc.

The Holidays in Powell event will take on a new focus under the auspices of Historic Downtown Powell Inc.

It will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Powell's municipal building and public parking lot, 47 Hall St. Admission and parking are free.

"This year it's all about the kids," said Anna Steck, executive director of Historic Downtown Powell Inc.

New this year will be free children's educational stations, activities and gifts offered by numerous community organizations inside the city building, Steck said. "In the past, there were no children's stations."

Children can make their own ornaments, holiday cards, gift bags and decorated cookies at various booths throughout the municipal building.

Other opportunities for children will include a Healthy Corn Toss, emphasizing good health practices, personalizing a bookmark and photographs with Santa Claus.

Also new this year, visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food, hygiene products or postage stamps for the People In Need (PIN) annual Holiday Clearing House, Steck said.

The food drive project is a partnership of Historic Downtown Powell Inc., Kiwanis Club of Powell, the city of Powell and the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association. Donations will be collected in the city lobby through Dec. 12 and will be delivered to PIN by Kiwanis volunteers.

"The main reason we helped coordinate the collection for PIN is because Powell families are very generous and this is an opportunity for them to show the generosity they show throughout the year," Steck said.

Outdoor and downtown activities will include free horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit by real reindeer, musical performances including carols sung by the New Hope Church Choir, and a tree-lighting ceremony with Mayor Tom Counts and Santa.

Parking is available in the city's three public lots: at the Municipal Building, along Depot Street and at 44 N. Liberty St. Visitors and shoppers are encouraged to park at the Village Pointe Center just west of downtown and ride the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Trolley to downtown.

For more information, contact Steck at (614) 396-3336, e-mail her at asteck@hdpinc.org or visit www.visitpowell.com.