The eighth annual HolidayVille will kick off the season Dec. 3 in Clintonville.

The neighborhoodwide holiday shopping event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., features carolers, cookies and sales at more than 25 area shops and restaurants.

Free Jolly Trolley rides will help people get to the various venues for HolidayVille.

Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, 4784 N. High St., serves as HolidayVille headquarters. Offerings there will include gluhwein, a German mulled wine popular at Christmas markets throughout Germany and Austria, along with hot chocolate for children, a visit from Santa Claus, live holiday entertainment, cookie decorating and a meet-and-greet event with Clintonville authors.

Other HolidayVille highlights include a free make-and-take ornament station at Wholly Craft, free s'mores and activities from Camp Wild Child at Clintonville Outfitters, and holiday beer and wine samples at Weiland's Market.

HolidayVille 2017 is sponsored by Experience Clintonville and TY Fine Furnishings.

Also Dec. 3, the annual holiday concert by the Clintonville Community Choir, working in conjunction with the Clintonville Community Band, will take place at Whetstone High School, 4405 Scenic Drive. The traditional seasonal event runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The Clintonville Rotary Club's annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St.

Indianola Informal K-8, 251 E. Weber Road, will host two winter concerts, said Principal Brandy L. Koeth.

The choir, band and strings concert for students in grades 4-5 is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Students in grades 6-8 will offer a similar concert Dec. 14.

"They will also perform that same morning for a chunk of our elementary students," Koeth said.

Just outside the neighborhood, the annual winter concert of the Columbus International Children's Choir is set for Dec. 10.

The choir, which features members from throughout central Ohio and is based at Bethel International United Methodist Church on the Northwest Side, will perform at 6 p.m. at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St.

"It's got a holiday theme, of course," said Tatiana Kats, the choir's founder and artistic director. "We do all kind of things. We do some holiday songs. We do some classical songs."

Boyce Lancaster, an award-winning radio producer who has been at WOSU-FM for more than 25 years, will serve as master of ceremonies for the concert.

Among the songs the choir will perform, Kats said, is one with a South African theme.

That's in honor of the country the children will visit in the summer for the biannual World Choir Games. This year's events take place July 4-14 in Tshwane, South Africa.

The event is being held in Africa for the first time.

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