The Olde Pickerington Village Business Association is hosting its annual "Olde Village Holiday" celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 in the heart of historic downtown Pickerington.
Strolling carolers, carriage rides, old-fashioned storytellers, children's crafts and cookie decorating are just a sample of the holiday-themed activities scheduled.
The festivities also include a visit from Victorian-era Saint Nicholas to harken one back to the days of Pickerington's formative years.
Another Santa will be stationed for picture-taking opportunities at David Beckham Photography Studio.
For a $5 donation that will benefit Faith Mission, Beckham will take a photograph of the younger set posing with Santa Claus.
"He doesn't mind if parents take their own picture of Santa, but if you want a professional picture, a donation will go to help the homeless, said Deblin Jennings of the OPVBA.
"It's just a very nice thing (Beckham) does," she said.
Olde Pickerington Village will be illuminated by candlelight courtesy of the Pickerington Area Kiwanis Club, which traditionally installs luminarias on Columbus Street.
"When you take that horse-drawn carriage ride and there are luminarias all up and down the street-it's beautiful," Jennings said.
Most all of the downtown merchants will be peddling their distinctive wares during the course of the Olde Village Holiday, with several shops hosting free events.
Deblin Design, 18 E. Columbus Street, will once again give children free reindeer antlers while supplies last.
The Hair Boutique, 37 E. Columbus St., will offer free children's crafts: snowman tree ornaments. Bakerhouz on 8, at 8 E. Columbus St., will host a cookie decorating event.
In addition to storytelling and holiday book reading in the Pickerington-Violet Historical Society Museum, 15 E. Columbus St., Pickerington's dignitaries will assemble at 7:30 p.m. across the street in Gazebo Park for the city's customary tree-lighting ceremony.
The PCMA Food Pantry will kick-off its annual Plaza of Lights campaign next to the Carnegie Building whereupon strands of holiday lights will be lighted in exchange for donations to the pantry.
Jennings said perhaps the best thing about Olde Village Holiday is that it is a free event, courtesy of the OPVBA and its partner, the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department.
She said the OPBVA certainly benefits by drawing folks to see firsthand Olde Pickerington Village's unique charm.
"Anytime you get people to come to Olde Pickerington Village to get a sense of its charm, it is an opening for them to start using downtown more," Jennings said.
"It's such a neat event. It brings the community together and helps us showcase the area," she added.
For more information about the Olde Village Holiday celebration, go to pickeringtonvillage.com.