The magic of Christmas in downtown Worthington will begin with an open house and tree-lighting ceremony Sunday, Dec. 1.

The magic of Christmas in downtown Worthington will begin with an open house and tree-lighting ceremony Sunday, Dec. 1.

From noon until the village Christmas tree is illuminated at 5:30 p.m., downtown shops and restaurants will be open, refreshments will be served, and wandering musicians will entertain shoppers.

Santa will be on the steps of the Worthington Inn for photos, and a horse-drawn carriage will take shoppers on trips around Old Worthington.

The Santa photos will be taken from 1 to 5 p.m. by Little Tree Studio. Donations for photos will go to the Worthington Food Pantry.

The carriage will pick up passengers from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the corner of New England Avenue and High Street.

The Orange Johnson Singers, the Columbus Folk Music Society and the Worthington junior drill teams will perform throughout the afternoon.

At 5:30 p.m., everyone is invited to gather on the Village Green for the lighting of the tree.

Emcee Chris Bradley, meteorologist with WBNS-10TV will help Santa light the tree.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School choir will lead carols and candles will be lighted to begin the holiday season.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department also will sponsor children's crafts and an ice-carving demonstration.

Vista Community Church is providing hot chocolate.

The Olde Worthington Business Association sponsors the open house activities.

During the event, the OWBA and the parks department will accept donations of food and cash for the Worthington Food Pantry.

Donations can be dropped off at a truck in front of the Worthington Inn from noon until 5 p.m. and on the southeast quadrant of the Village Green from 5 until 6 p.m.