The City of Upper Arlington plans to bring a little holiday cheer to residents this season.

The City of Upper Arlington plans to bring a little holiday cheer to residents this season.

The annual Winter Festival and tree lighting ceremony is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Mallway Park on Arlington Avenue. The tree will be lighted around 7:30 p.m.

Cheryl Hyatt, program coordinator for the city's parks and recreation department, said this is the fifth year the celebration has been at Mallway, across from old Fire Station 71.

"The main event is the lighting of the holiday tree," she said. "My favorite part is the lighting of the tree."

Other Winter Festival events on Dec. 3 include:

Holiday music and caroling performed by Windermere Elementary fourth-graders and the Con Brio Children's Choir. Visits with Santa and live reindeer from Wakeman, Ohio. Horse drawn carriage rides. Ice sculpting demonstrations. A bonfire with s'mores provided by Mallway merchants. Special deals from Mallway merchants. Hot chocolate provide by Starbucks of Upper Arlington.

The following day, the city is partnering with Moretti's of Arlington in the Tremont Center for "Brunch with Santa."

The brunch costs $14.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Children under the age of 2 are free. Reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased in person at the Moretti's carryout window.

"It's important because it brings our community together to celebrate the holidays," Hyatt said.

She also said the city is providing a free "Santa's Mailbox" service for residents now through Dec. 15.

In conjunction with the Upper Arlington Senior Center, the city is providing free personalized letters from Santa.

She said children can drop off their letters, including an extra stamp for a return note, at a special mailbox at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

Senior Center volunteers will hand-write a personalized letter to mail back to the children, Hyatt said.

"We have always done it," she said. "What little kid do you know that doesn't want to write a letter to Santa?"

Hyatt said the city's holiday events, including the Upper Arlington Civic Association's Christmas in the Park event from Dec. 5-8 at Thompson Park, set Upper Arlington apart from other area cities.

"I think we try to be a little bit different," Hyatt said. "It's a little more personalized. Holidays are about the kids, and that is what we do."