'Tis the season for holiday happenings in Reynoldsburg, beginning with the annual tree-lighting ceremony, then a chance to visit area shops, restaurants and local attractions at Christmas on the Towne in Olde Reynoldsburg.
The tree-lighting event will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, on the steps of the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St., said Mary Hudson, from the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau.
"We'll have music by the Taylor Road Elementary School Choir and cocoa and cookies will be served by the Tomato Queen, her court and the Tomato Festival Princess," Hudson said.
She said Mayor Brad McCloud will throw the switch to light the city's tree and light display.
Christmas on the Towne is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Olde Reynoldsburg, with horse-drawn carriage rides running from noon to 3 p.m.
Chuck Cochran, president of the Reynoldsburg Community Association, said Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to visit with children. Live entertainment will include the Reynoldsburg Chamber Singers and performers from the 88 Keys music studio.
"We'll also have the Reynoldsburg High School Marching Band quartets and the Messiah Lutheran Church Men's Chorale," Cochran said.
He said the event will include pizza offered by some merchants, hot dogs from the Lion's Club and many snacks and holiday treats at local businesses.
"A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry and we hope people will bring canned goods and nonperishable foods that we will collect for the food pantry," he said.
A basket of items from area merchants will be raffled off and children are encouraged to go with their parents on an Olde Towne Treasure Hunt.
"Businesses between Lancaster Avenue and Waggoner Road will have cookies and hot chocolate for the kids and if kids and parents go to all 28 spots, they can receive a prize at the end of the treasure hunt," Cochran said.
He said Hudson and Susan Brusk are the co-chairwomen of the event.
"Christmas on the Towne is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and get into the swing of the holiday season," he said.
The Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road, will be decked out in holiday finery and open during Christmas on the Towne from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec.1.
The week after Christmas on the Towne, the last program in the 2012 American Girl Tea series is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Mary Beth Hudson, administrative assistant for the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department, said the tea will feature the story of Swedish pioneer Kirsten Lawson. Space is limited to the first 20 girls who register; they are invited to wear period clothing and bring their favorite American Girl doll to the program.
She said participants will learn about Sweden's St. Lucia festivities and make crafts, then learn how pioneers celebrated the Christmas season on the frontier.
There is a $15 fee for residents and $20 fee for non-residents.
To register, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 614-322-6806.
"Christmas on the Town is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and get into the swing of the holiday season."
-- CHUCK COCHRAN
Reynoldsburg Community Association