The German Village Business Community next month will hold its fifth annual winter holiday event.

The German Village Business Community next month will hold its fifth annual winter holiday event.

The GVBC will present Village Lights Dine, Shop and Stroll from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, throughout the village. More than 30 businesses are taking part.

As with previous Village Lights, there will be about 10,000 luminaries throughout the area to help those not familiar with German Village find various shops and restaurants.

"The place is just crawling with people. It's literally like a Christmas play where you're in a town and everybody knows everyone's names," said Rob Wilson, president of the GVBC.

He said much of what made the event successful during previous years will return. Participating businesses will have a number of deals. Two gift baskets filled with items from local businesses will be raffled off.

Village Lights is similar to the business group's other annual event, Mother May I Shop, Dine and Stroll, which takes place Mother's Day weekend each year.

Wilson said the importance of the luminaries, aside from adding a festive flare to the event, is that they help guide those less familiar with the area.

"It's just a neat area to walk around," Wilson said. "It's not like a mall, where everything is condensed on you. Follow those things and you'll find all the shops and restaurants that are open."

The whole night showcases how German Village is filled with businesses that may be overshadowed at times.

"It raises the awareness that there is more to German Village than just the Book Loft and Schmidt's," he said.

Wilson said the event started as a way to attract people to the area during the winter months.

"It was (started) to have a wintertime event much the same way we have the Haus und Garten Tour in the spring," he said. "This is something that we felt like we wanted to take the point on so it wasn't always the (German Village Society.)"

An example of what businesses do for the holiday event can be found at Metroscap, which is co-owned by Wilson.

"You will have a real grandmother wrap a gift," Wilson said. "She's so meticulous it's not even funny."

Other businesses and establishments will have various holiday-related entertainments:

At Katzinger's Delicatessen, 475 S. Third St., people will be able to have their pictures taken as Santa Pickle.

At St. Mary Church, 672 S. Third St., a bell choir will perform at 7 p.m. A German concert takes place at 2 p.m.

At Barcelona Restaurant, 263 E. Whittier St., there will be live jazz music and gift certificates.