Children's crafts, seasonal sing-alongs, a gingerbread-house competition and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus are among the festivities slated Dec. 7 at the Upper Arlington Public Library's Holiday Happiness.
The main library, 2800 Tremont Road, will host the 42nd annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The yearly tradition, sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library, is part of a series of holiday events hosted by the library, but few others rival its number of activities and attendees.
"It is probably our biggest event," said Christine Minx, UAPL communications specialist. "It's been an Upper Arlington tradition since 1972 and (draws) probably close to 3,000."
This year's Holiday Happiness will feature many of the activities community members have come to expect, but its various musical performances, sing-alongs and gingerbread-house competition are expected to showcase new talent.
Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. with classical music performed by the Class Acts Wind Trio through 11:15 a.m.
Guitarist Mark Reinhart will accompany sing-alongs of holiday tunes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the Prestige Trio will play from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
New to this year's Holiday Happiness will be a sing-along during a screening of Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Friends Theater.
Following the movie, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Friends Theater from noon to 2 p.m.
Amid the musical performances, singing and Santa, the library's Youth Services Department will host make-it-and-take-it crafts in which children can make an elf shoes door hanger, a reindeer, snowman or trifold ornament. There also will be face painting from 11 a.m. to noon and kids' bingo from 1 to 2 p.m.
A celebrity panel of judges, including Upper Arlington Mayor Don Leach and Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, will present awards for the best creations in various categories in the gingerbread-building contest.
Also, the Avenue of Trees is back. This year, nonprofits Upper Arlington High School Community School, UA-KID, the Salvation Army and St. Mark's Church have decorated trees in hopes of being winning a Patron's Choice blue ribbon.
"Even starting Friday (Dec. 6) the public can vote for their favorite tree," Minx said. "The winner will be announced at the end of Holiday Happiness and have the Patron's Choice blue ribbon placed on their tree."
Additionally, the library will bring back its Giving Tree, located near the entrance of the main library.
"We ask folks to take a paper tag from the tree that will have an item they can donate to a child in need," Minx said. "We will give all those gifts to Franklin County Children Services Holiday Wish program, and they'll be distributed to local children.
"Last year, Upper Arlington patrons donated 82 gifts to the wish program."
Information about Holiday Happiness is available at ualibrary.org.
The event is part of a series of holiday programs being hosted by the library.
Other programs include Home for the Holidays at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Miller Park branch; a screening of The Bishop's Wife at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the main library; and Winter Crafts at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Lane Road library.
Other events scheduled at the main library are: Holiday Music: The Signs of Christmas, at noon Dec. 14; Jingle Bell Storytime for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16; Family Movie Marathon at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 22; and MuVChat: Elf at 2 p.m. Dec. 23.