Whether or not the weather's wintry when the city of Grandview Heights holds its annual tree-lighting ceremony, residents should plan to bring their ice skates.

For the first time, the event will include a synthetic skating rink that residents may use at no cost.

"You can bring your skates, and we'll also have some skates available for people to use if they don't have any," said senior recreation supervisor Marta Durban. "We wanted to offer this to our residents so they can come early before the tree lighting and really get into the holiday spirit."

The ice rink will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Grandview Center, 1515 W. Goodale Blvd.

The tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"The best part of this event for me is seeing families and our community come together to kick off the holiday season," Durban said.

As part of the ceremony, the Grandview Singers from Grandview Heights High School will perform carols and the winners of the annual holiday coloring contest will be announced, she said.

"The contest winners will have the honor of helping to flip the switch to light the holiday tree with Mayor Ray DeGraw," Durban said.

The contest is open to students grades K-6, she said. A coloring page was distributed to students at Stevenson Elementary and Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle schools.

Copies of the contest's coloring page can be picked up at the Grandview Center, the Municipal Building, 1016 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., and sponsor Pathways Financial Credit Union, 1445 W. Goodale Blvd.

All entries must be turned in by noon Monday, Dec. 3, at the Grandview Center or Pathways.

Prizes of savings-account certificates in the amounts of $50 for first place, $25 for second and $10 for third will be presented.

Although skaters will not glide on real ice when they take to the rink, those who attend the tree-lighting ceremony will be able to watch as an artist from SculptDecor creates a sculpture from the real stuff.

The sculpture will be sponsored by the Columbus Young Professionals Club.

"They present an ice sculptor each month at the Grandview Hop," Durban said. "It's fascinating to watch someone carve out a sculpture with a block of ice. I think kids really enjoy watching them work."

Residents can explore their own creativity by purchasing an ornament from the Clay Cafe and decorating it themselves at the event, she said.

Refreshments, including cookies, will be served and youngsters will be able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus.

Santa will make his annual visit to the library from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.

Parents are encouraged to take pictures as their children visit with Santa in the library's meeting room. Youngsters also will be able to make a holiday craft and visit with Rosie the Comfort Dog from Atonement Lutheran Church.

The village of Marble Cliff will hold its annual holiday party, open to village residents and their families, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Our Lady of Victory Church Parish Center, 1559 Roxbury Road.

Our Lady of Victory will present its ninth annual Advent concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

"What makes this so special is that the choir performing the concert includes not only members of our church, but people from other churches in our community," said parishioner Barbara Hegler.

The performance is under the direction of the church's music director and organist Carol Ann Bradley.

The orchestra is composed of musicians who play in various orchestras in the central Ohio area, Bradley said.

The choir and orchestra will perform Advent and Christmas melodies, including music of several traditions and styles, Hegler said.

The library will present a holiday concert by the Grandview Singers at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 as part of its Music in the Atrium series.

Grandview Heights Schools will hold a middle school holiday choral concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5; a holiday band concert by the high school concert band and jazz ensemble band at 7 p.m. Dec. 11; and a holiday choral concert by the high school's concert choir and Grandview Singers at 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

All three concerts will be held in the high school auditorium, 1587 W. Third Ave.

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