Following are holiday events planned throughout November and December in Worthington:

Holiday Open House/Tree lighting

Worthington's largest holiday celebration will be Sunday, Nov. 26, on the city's Village Green.

The annual Holiday Open House begins at noon and includes an iceless skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and a visit from Santa Claus. Local businesses will have special deals and promotions.

Immediately following the open house will be Worthington's Tree Illumination Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony includes caroling and a visit from Santa, who will light the tree.

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Illuminating Shopping

Shops in Old Worthington will celebrate the holidays with the annual Illuminating Shopping event from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30.

Shops stay open late and light the streets with luminarias along High Street while live music plays and shops offer sales and promotions as part of the annual event.

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Children's Christmas at Orange Johnson

The Children's Christmas at Worthington's historical Orange Johnson House Dec. 2, 9 and 16 will offer children a taste of history.

Participants help prepare (and eat) traditional recipes, sing traditional songs, take a tour of the facility and build a pioneer craft.

Prior registration is required for the event and tickets are $25. For more information, visit

Orange Johnson open house

A nonperishable food item that will be donated to the Worthington Resource Pantry serves as admission for the Orange Johnson House's Christmas Open House series Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Visitors can explore the 19th-century house filled with "old-style decorations" and traditional Christmas music and "holiday treats" are offered in the drawing room.

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'Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

The Worthington Community Theatre's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" will be performed Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St.

The play, based on a 1971 book, is centered around a couple who attempt to put on a Christmas pageant with "probably the most inventively awful kids in history."

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

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Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive

Donations for the Worthington Division of Fire's annual Firefighters for Kids holiday toy drive will be collected Dec. 16.

Those interested in donating can drive through from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Worthington fire station at 6500 N. High St. to drop off toys, which must be new and in their packaging.

Afterward, toys may be donated through Christmas Eve.

Donations can be for children of any age, but organizers said they specifically need gifts for teenage boys and girls.

Firefighters also will accept food items that will be donated to the Worthington Resource Pantry. Cash and checks will be accepted, as well.

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-- Andrew King