A flurry of activities will help usher in the holiday season in Bexley, starting with Capital University's tree lighting from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 on the Renner lawn near the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue.

Before and after the tree lighting at 6 p.m., activities that are open to the public will be offered. There will be an iceless skating rink, opportunities for cookie decorating and pictures with Santa in the Kerns Religious Life Center. Refreshments will be served, and the university will accept donations of hats, scarves and gloves that will be given to the Open Shelter and First English Lutheran Church.

Capital University also will host a Lighting of the Menorah to celebrate Hanukkah at sundown Dec. 15 on the Renner lawn.

In addition, the university is presenting its Christmas Festival, with the theme Tidings of Comfort, featuring performances of holiday classics by the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, Women's Chorus, the Chordsmen, a cappella group Philomel and a variety of instrumentalists.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 with a matinee at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Mees Hall. Tickets are available at the CAPA Ticket Center in the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., in downtown Columbus.

The city of Bexley will host its annual Community Tree Lighting at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Menorah Lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Both events will be held at Drexel Circle at the intersection of Drexel Avenue and East Broad Street.

The Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual Bexley Holiday Hop from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. During the Holiday Hop, local businesses offer discounts and holiday-themed activities.

This year's Holiday Hop festivities include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at Johnson's Real Ice Cream, 2728 E. Main St.; holiday craft-making at Art with Anna, 420 N. Cassady Ave.; musical entertainment; a snowman hunt; and a raffle drawing.

The Bexley BEAT bus will be transformed into the "Holiday Hop Express" to transport participants along East Main Street and up to the Cassady corridor. A new activity this year is a pre-Hop Princess PJ Party at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.

Taking place concurrently with the Holiday Hop will be the Bexley Festival of the Arts at Montrose Elementary School, 2555 E. Main St., and the Christ Lutheran Church Yuletide Arts & Crafts Festival at the church, 2314 E. Main St.

For more information about the Holiday Hop, visit bexley areachamber.org.

The annual holiday-themed pancake breakfast will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Jeffrey Mansion.

All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage will be served at a cost of $6, $4 for children ages 11 and younger.

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