Reynoldsburg's Christmas on the Towne celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, offering the community holiday spirit, shopping and a variety of activities and attractions.
Reynoldsburg’s Christmas on the Towne celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, offering the community holiday spirit, shopping and a variety of activities and attractions.
Sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Community Association and the Olde Reynoldsburg Merchants Association, the event will take place in Olde Towne Reynoldsburg along East Main Street, between Lancaster Avenue and Graham and Waggoner roads.
Since there was no Christmas on the Towne last year, co-chair Susan Pam Brusk said organizers and area businesses are expecting the event to be a huge success this year.
“It’s going to be a big bash. We’ve got 39 businesses and organizations that are participating so far, with more signing up,” Brusk said last week.
“Businesses along Main Street are going to have open houses with items for sale and they’re going to have small little gifts and trinkets for children, with some offering refreshments,” she said.
Brusk said the city will close off the outside two lanes along East Main Street to allow for safety while traffic will be maintained on the center two lanes.
People are asked to bring cans of non-perishable foods to donate to the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry, Brusk said.
Collection boxes will be located at Helping Hands, 7356 E. Main St.; Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St.; and at the Reynoldsburg Lions Club trailer next to the 88 Keys Music Studio, 7510 E. Main St.
Besides the holiday shopping opportunities, entertainment and activities will be provided throughout the day.
This year will feature holiday attractions including horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, a Secret Santa Shoppe, cookie decorating, coloring contests, a mitten tree67 and a treasure hunt.
Brusk said while there is no monetary cost to take a carriage ride, organizers are asking riders to donate a can of non-perishable food for Helping Hands.
Santa Claus will be located at Bow Wow Boutique, 7354 E. Main St., while Mrs. Claus will be at the First Service Federal Credit Union, 7610 E. Main St. The Reynoldsburg Band Boosters will sponsor a Secret Santa Shop inside the Bow Wow Boutique, 7354 E. Main.
Shuttles will provide free rides to the Livingston House, which will feature a “Civil War Christmas: Home For the Holidays” event that Brusk said will include Civil War re-enactors dressed in period outfits, providing food and goodies for the kids.
“That is going to be really neat, because this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” she said. “It’s very historic and the people at the Livingston House do a great job in portraying it and helping us understand the impact it has in our lives today.
“The Livingston House is a Civil War-era building and the interior is decorated in Civil War-type memorabilia and furniture. It will be decorated for Christmas, and weather permitting, re-enactors will have an encampment outside,” she said.
In addition, children who visit the Livingston House will receive period candies as a special gift. Donations of non-perishable food for the Helping Hands food pantry will also be accepted there.
Brusk said a pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the senior center, 1520 Davidson Drive, and from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 1051 Waggoner Road. Entertainment will be provided by area musicians and students at the 88 Keys Music Studio, 7362 E. Main St.
Also, Brusk said, a variety of items will be raffled off, including a gift basket, a fire pit and five pre-decorated Christmas trees.
Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and will be available at Inhairent Designs, 7387 E. Main St., as well as various other locations, Brusk said.
“There will also be a tree-decorating contest where businesses will decorate trees with the theme of The Twelve Days of Christmas and visitors will be asked to vote on their favorite,” she said.
In addition, a treasure hunt will be going on throughout the day involving 20 locations on a treasure map. Each participating location will have a special sticker for the map, Brusk said. Those who obtain all the stickers will have their names put in a drawing for prizes oriented to children, she said.
“The Truro Township Fire Department will also be there with a fire pit, so it will be kind of warm and cozy, and they’re going to bring their fire safety house,” Brusk said.
For more information about Christmas on the Towne, call co-chair Mary Hudson at (614) 866-4888, or Brusk at (614) 863-0018.