UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect a venue change that was announced after ThisWeek's press time Tuesday, Nov. 27. Organizers have changed the venue for Bexley's menorah-lighting event. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., instead of at Drexel Circle. A helicopter is scheduled to drop dreidels and candy for children after the lighting. The venue was changed for safety reasons because of the helicopter's presence.

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Bexley will play host to a variety of holiday events in the next few weeks.

The Developmental Assets Resource Network, a local nonprofit organization that offers support services to families in need, will host a clothing drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Montrose Elementary School, 2555 E. Main St., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Jeffrey Mansion, 65 N. Parkview Ave.

The group is seeking winter gear such as jackets, hats, gloves and boots, along with gently used, laundered clothes of all sizes. In support of Bexley Middle School for its camping trips, the group also will collect clean sleeping bags, rain boots and rain jackets, according to its website.

The Bexley Festival of the Arts is also set for this weekend. The Montrose Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization will host this annual arts and crafts festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school's gym, 2555 E. Main St.

The event will feature artists and craftsmen from all over central Ohio. It will also feature a Kids' Gift Gallery where Bexley elementary students will sell their arts and crafts. Dance and musical entertainment will take place on the main stage in the gym. For more information, visit montrosepto.com/bexley-festival-of-the-arts/.

A Yuletide Arts and Crafts Show, highlighting arts and crafts vendors from around Ohio, is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 E. Main St. For more information, visit christbexley.org.

Local businesses will help kick off the holiday shopping season by participating in the Bexley Holiday Hop, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at various sites throughout the city.

Presented by the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, participating businesses will offer samples, product promotions, musical entertainment and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Holiday Hop will also feature a Snowman Scavenger Hunt. As shoppers visit businesses, they can fill cards with snowman stickers and enter them for a prize. For a list of participating businesses and more information, visit bexleyareachamber.org.

Bexley will play host to the annual tree-lighting event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Drexel Circle, at the corner of Drexel Avenue and East Broad Street. The menorah lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.

The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department and Bexley Historical Society will present the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., where a helicopter is scheduled to drop dreidels and candy for children after the lighting.

The historical society will decorate the mansion in period holiday decor. Volunteers will serve pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Admission is $4 for children 11 and under and $6 for attendees ages 12 and up. Proceeds benefit the Bexley Historical Society.

For more information, call the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department at 614-559-4300 or email recreation@bexley.org.

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