"Holidays in Powell" will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Powell Municipal Building and public parking lot at 47 Hall St.

“Holidays in Powell” will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Powell Municipal Building and public parking lot at 47 Hall St.

Admission, parking and indoor children’s activities are free.

Inside City Hall will be stations for taking photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and for making a button, gift bag, holiday cards and crafts, ornaments, garlands and face masks. Other activities include: tattoos, face painting, car-seat safety information, a bean bag toss and eating candy canes.

Vendors will sell food and fresh kettle corn in the City Hall parking lot and “Angry Birds” plush toys in the city hall lobby.

Teen volunteers from Historic Downtown Powell Inc. (HDPI) and Olentangy Liberty high and middle schools will stroll throughout the downtown and the Village Green singing carols and spreading holiday cheer, said Anna Steck. executive director of HDPI. The nonprofit group, which organizes the annual event, is dedicated to revitalizing and promoting downtown Powell.

City officials, Santa and Mrs. Claus will hold a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in Village Green Park.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will bring a trolley ride to the event.

“Holidays in Powell” is a festive, family tradition,” said Steck.

“Come bundled up as historic downtown Powell comes alive with favorite holiday activities,” she said. “Again this year, over a dozen free children’s educational stations, activities and gifts are being offered by numerous community partners inside the city building.”

A new activity this year is an open house at the historic Martin-Perry House, built in 1889, from noon to 5:30 p.m., at 103 E. Olentangy St. Members of the Powell Liberty Historical Society and the Powell Area Garden Club decorated the house and will share historic traditions, offer tours of the house and provide refreshments.

“They invite you to enjoy a step back in time during your visit to downtown Powell,” said Steck.

“Holidays in Powell” is hosted by HDPI and the city of Powell, and sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Powell, TekOrange Web Experts and KeyBank.

“(It is) created by nearly 100 local volunteers,” Steck said.

“Our downtown organization helps bring the community together. This charming traditional event is yet another way we can do that,” said Steck. “We hope that ‘Holidays in Powell’ will be just a portion of an all-day outing for local family members of all ages.

“Throughout the historic district, Powell’s many quaint shops will be opened for shoppers who are looking for those one-of-a-kind gifts,” Steck said. “Many of the shops will also be adding their own special touches to complete your holiday shopping experience.”

For more information or to make a donation for the event, contact Anna Steck by calling (614) 396-3336, e-mailing asteck@hdpinc.org or visiting the group’s website, www.visitpowell.com.