Reynoldsburg's annual Christmas on the Towne on Saturday, Dec. 5, will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Claus and more than 15 businesses ready for holiday shoppers.

Reynoldsburg's annual Christmas on the Towne on Saturday, Dec. 5, will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Claus and more than 15 businesses ready for holiday shoppers.

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the dedication of a mural depicting the history of Reynoldsburg that has been painted on the west wall of the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St.

Money to pay for the mural, painted by artist Curtis Goldstein, is coming from fundraisers held by the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce's first Leadership Reynoldsburg class.

Goldstein began work on the 90-foot by 30-foot mural on Sept. 12.

Christmas on the Towne will continue until 4 p.m. along East Main Street between the bridge near Lancaster Avenue east to Waggoner Road.

Reynoldsburg Visitors and Activities Bureau executive director Mary Hudson said the charge for a horse-drawn carriage ride in the old town area will be a minimum donation of at least a dollar or one canned food item for the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry.

In conjunction with the Reynoldsburg Band Boosters, Hudson said Santa Claus will be available for photographs at 88 Keys Music Studio at 7362 E. Main St.

The boosters will also hold a bake sale and quartets from the band will perform outside along the sidewalk.

"Businesses will be open and having specials," Hudson said. "A lot of them will give freebies to the kids, and some nonprofits will be set up doing different things, so we encourage everyone to come out for a fun time."

She said members of the Reynoldsburg Community Association will be popping popcorn for everyone and Lions Club members will sell food items. Local Girl Scouts will be selling holiday trinkets and baked goods.

Hudson said Reynoldsburg will kick off the holiday season with its traditional tree-lighting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in front of the municipal building at 7232 E. Main St.

Students from Baldwin Road Junior High School, under the direction of Janet Benedict, will provide the entertainment by singing seasonal songs. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served afterward.

Children's movies will be shown on a large-screen TV at Cotner Funeral Home and there will be games for kids as well, Hudson said.

"The event will go on, rain or shine," Hudson said. "We've done it in everything -- hot weather, rainy weather, cold weather and snowstorm --so we've done it all."

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