Upper Arlington News

Parks department to host Winter Festival Dec. 6


Horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire and a holiday tree-lighting will be among events featured next week at the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department's annual Winter Festival.

Winter Festival will return to Mallway Park, 2096 Arlington Ave., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

The event, which the city's parks and recreation department has hosted since 2005, is an annual ode to winter and the holiday season.

It features traditional activities, visits with Santa Claus, ice sculpting and various children's offerings.

"Winter Festival brings together Upper Arlington residents to welcome the holiday season as Mayor Don Leach lights the city's holiday tree," said Beth Sharb, Upper Arlington's community affairs coordinator. "All the old favorites return, such as ice-carving demonstrations and visits with Santa. S'mores and hot chocolate, along with a bonfire, will also be featured.

"Local choral groups will sing holiday tunes. This year, the Windermere fourth-grade choir and the Jones Middle School Honor Choir will be present."

The festival is free to attend, but there will be a fee of $3 per person for carriage rides. Children ages 2 and younger ride for free, Sharb said.

"The festival is geared towards all ages and families -- we truly believe that all ages will find something to enjoy at Winter Festival," she said. "As always, our events are incredibly family-friendly."

No rain date has been set for Winter Festival.

In case of inclement weather, however, those interested in attending can check Dec. 6 for event updates by calling the parks and recreation department hotline at 614-583-5300 after 2 p.m.

Additional information also is available at the website uaoh.net.