The holiday season will start in Reynoldsburg with the annual tree-lighting ceremony, scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, on the steps of City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.
Mary Hudson, director of the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau, said the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will include free hot chocolate and cookies, donated by First Service Credit Union.
Before the evening events, though, residents may drop off children's letters to Santa Claus in a special mailbox outside City Hall beginning at noon Dec. 2. Santa is expected to reply to all letters received by Dec. 16.
Tomato Festival royalty, including senior queen and king Nancy and Malcolm Spangler, will be on hand for the tree-lighting.
Christmas on the Town is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along East Main Street from Waggoner Road to Lancaster Avenue in Olde Reynoldsburg. The event is sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau, the Reynoldsburg Community Association and the Downtown Merchants Association.
Hudson said carriage rides will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rides are free with a donation of canned food or money to the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands Food Pantry.
She said Santa Claus will come to town that day and will set up inside the old Connell's Hardware, 7345 E. Main St. The Reynoldsburg Band Boosters will offer pictures with Santa and will sell cookies at Connell's.
The Reynoldsburg Community Association also will oversee a Secret Santa Shop at that location, where young children can pick out gifts for family members.
Hudson said items will be priced from $1 to $5 at the Secret Santa Shop.
"We will have music up and down the street all afternoon, from the Reynoldsburg High School band and some of the elementary choirs and bands," she said.
The 88 Keys music studio will conduct piano recitals at 7362 E. Main St. and on the second floor of Connell's Hardware.
The high school's robotics team will conduct demonstrations at a location yet to be determined and a treasure/scavenger hunt will be conducted at participating businesses.
"Kids will get a map and when they go to the 25 businesses we have participating, they will get some refreshments and get a stamp or sticker, which is good for a gift at the end of the hunt," Hudson said.
She said there will be cookie decorating provided by Primrose School and a raffle of gift baskets to benefit Reynoldsburg Helping Hands.
Both the Livingston House and the Reynoldsburg Historical Society will be open and shuttles will be provided to transport people to both places.
Hudson said Cotner Funeral Home will show movies for kids and have a magician scheduled for the afternoon.
"It will be a fun day for everyone," she said. "We've ordered great weather, and have had great weather in the past. We're hoping everyone comes out to see what the city of Reynoldsburg has to offer."