The holiday season is getting under way in Westerville as community organizations have planned a bevy of Christmas-themed events.
The city of Westerville will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the courtyard of the Municipal Building, 21 S. State St.
The ceremony will include holiday music, sweet treats and a visit from Santa Claus.
Also Nov. 30, Otterbein University's student-run art organization, the Starving Artists, will host its annual holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St.
Otterbein University's annual tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food to be donated to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.
The tree-lighting ceremony will be followed by dinner at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center. The cost of the dinner is $10, $4 for children ages 4-10, free for children 3 and younger. Proceeds from the dinner also will benefit WARM.
The Hanby House will offer a new holiday event Nov. 30: Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the house, 160 W. Main St.
Families are invited to have their pictures taken in the Hanby House parlor by the Christmas tree. Period costumes will be available to wear in the photographs.
Sitting fees are $25, and pictures of up to four poses will be emailed to participants, who will be able to order the photographs in a variety of sizes.
Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins will be accepted. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home for the Holidays, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Associations' annual holiday event, will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. throughout Uptown.
Merchants will showcase their holiday-themed windows and unique merchandise, while Santa Claus and carolers will stroll through Uptown.
Westerville Sertoma and the Columbus Running Company will have their annual Rudolph Run 5K and Christmas Parade at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Participants in the 5K will receive Santa hats and Rudolph noses, which they can don as they lead the parade along State Street from Heatherdown Boulevard to St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 N. State St.
To sign up for the run, visit columbusrunning.com.