Holiday activities abound in the city of Bexley and include the annual tree lighting ceremony, storytime with Santa and a pancake breakfast.

Holiday activities abound in the city of Bexley and include the annual tree lighting ceremony, storytime with Santa and a pancake breakfast.

The city of Bexley and Bexley Celebrations Association will hold the annual tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

BCA spokesman Anne Lewis said the tree lighting will kick off with a performance at 4 p.m. by Bexley High School's vocal music ensemble under the direction of Amy Blosser.

"They were asked this year to make the music upbeat, more secular, something to engage the kids more," she said.

The Bexley High School marching band will lead Santa Claus in a convertible down Drexel to Drexel Circle for the tree lighting. Mayor John Brennan will turn on the lights at 4:30 p.m.

"We will have cookies and hot chocolate, the usual fare we have had in the past," Lewis said. "Everything will be free."

The tree lighting ceremony is a tradition in Bexley, Lewis said, something that has been done for years with the city's recreation and parks department. She said the tree lighting is a nice way to kick off the holiday season.

"It is a tradition," said recreation supervisor Barb Greiner. "I did it with my children when they were young."

The city's annual pancake breakfast will be held at Jeffrey Mansion from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. Participants will find all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage provided by Bob Evans. The cost is $3 for children age 12 and under, and $5 for those age 13 through adult.

"This is a fundraiser for the recreation department and the Bexley Historical Society," said recreation director Michael Price.

"A number of community leaders volunteer their time to serve and cook the pancakes and sausage," he said.

Again this year, the Ray Pauken Band will provide musical entertainment for the breakfast. Jeffrey Mansion will be decorated for the holidays. Price said reservations are not required but tickets can be purchased in advance from the historical society.

"This is a well attended event," Price said. "We want to support the historical society and what they do for our community. This is another opportunity, especially during the holidays, to get people together."

Storytime with Santa Claus will be held Dec. 11 at Jeffrey Mansion. Children are invited to come in their pajamas to visit with Santa, who will read a bedtime story. Visitors will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies after the story and each child will receive a gift from Santa.

While the event is free, reservations are required because there is limited space, Price said. Storytimes will be held at 5 and 7 p.m., he said.

"This is a fairly new thing," he said. "We end up filling up pretty quickly. It is an opportunity for the community to get together. It is something that we can do for a minimal cost to the department."