Per tradition, the cluster of businesses on South Kossuth Street will usher in the yuletide cheer for Village Lights.

Per tradition, the cluster of businesses on South Kossuth Street will usher in the yuletide cheer for Village Lights.

Schmidt's Fudge Haus, Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant and the Red Stable and other German Village businesses will showcase an assortment of decorations, refreshments, entertainment and candy.

Kossuth will be closed from South Fifth Street and Purdy Alley so revelers can safely cavort and listen to carolers as they drift from shop to shop.

"I enjoy it because people are in good spirits," said Tim Dick, owner of the fudge shop. "The whole night is going to be awesome."

Village Lights, a fundraiser for the German Village Business Community, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, throughout the historic neighborhood.

The German Village Meeting Haus is considered a good starting point for the celebration. The Meeting Haus will host Striezelmarkt, an open-air market.

Festivities will be kicked off with a special lighting of the Meeting Haus rooftop, also modeled after the Striezelmarkt celebration in Dresden, Germany.

Actors' Theatre of Columbus will bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to read to children this year.

Four different holiday classics will be read throughout the night and a free gift will be given to the first 350 kids 12 years old and younger.

Brick streets will be lined with luminarias and stores throughout the village will offer special discounts, treats and variety of entertainment.

Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society, said there are so many traditions worth repeating.

Children can drop off letters to Santa at the caretaker's cottage in Schiller Park and people can line up to see the large decorated Christmas tree at 688 Mohawk St.

Village Lights organizers are always reinventing the occasion, so new attractions are also worth a look, Todorov said.

For example, dancers from the Academy Irish Dance Co. based in Westerville will perform at the Willow Street stage next to Strizelmarket.

"The core of this is very well-established, which allows to make it a little new around the edges each year," Todorov said.

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