Christmas on the Town kicks off the holiday season in Reynoldsburg this weekend with music, a visit from Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Secret Santa Shop, cookie decorating and a treasure hunt through city shops in Olde Reynoldsburg.
Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along East Main Street from Waggoner Road to Lancaster Avenue, the event is sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau, the Reynoldsburg Community Association and the Downtown Merchants Association.
Mary Hudson, director of the visitors bureau, said the carriage rides will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"The rides are free with a canned-food donation to Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry," she said.
Santa will set up shop in Connell's Hardware for the afternoon, with Reynoldsburg Band Boosters selling cookies and pictures of kids with Santa.
A Secret Santa Shop will also be open at Connells, where children may purchase gifts for members of their family for $1 to $5.
The shop is sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Community Association.
Residents may drop children's letters to Santa Claus in a special mailbox on the steps of City Hall, 7232 E. Main St. Santa is expected to reply to all letters received by Dec. 16.
The Reynoldsburg High School marching band will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pies Restaurant at the corner of East Main Street and Graham Road. The Reynoldsburg Chamber Singers from the high school will stroll throughout the area and sing carols during the afternoon, Hudson said.
Hudson said children who take part in the treasure hunt will get a map that will direct them to 25 participating businesses, where they will find cookies and other refreshments and get a stamp or sticker that is good for a gift at the end of the hunt.
She said both the Livingston House and the Reynoldsburg Historical Society will be open for the afternoon, with shuttles provided to transport people to both places.
Cotner Funeral Home will show movies for children and also has a magician scheduled for the afternoon.