Westerville has several events happening throughout the city for the holiday season.
Glenda Mihaly, marketing and events manager for Visit Westerville, said among the things to see and do, starting Friday, Nov. 29, new animated holiday displays will be set up in Uptown Westerville. She said displays in area stores can be enjoyed until Jan. 1.
"Hopefully that will continue and be something people can look forward to every year," she said.
On Dec. 6, Westerville will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony from 5 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 21 S. State St.
Christa Dickey, spokesperson for the city, said the annual event is "getting bigger and better." She said to accommodate the large crowd that is anticipated, part of State Street will be closed. The street will be closed from 6 to 8 p.m. from Main to Walnut streets, according to the city website, westerville.org.
Dickey said this year's programming will feature a visit with Santa and his elves; a holiday character meet-and-greet with Elsa, Anna and Olaf from the Disney movie "Frozen," Rudolph and the Grinch; a petting zoo with a live pony carousel; and ice skating at $5 per hour, with skates provided. Other activities include music, games and carriage rides.
Mihaly said there is no cost associated with most of the city's holiday events except for two: the Rudolph Run/Walk 5K on Dec. 8 and the Progressive Christmas Concert sponsored by the Westerville Habitat Partnership on Dec. 13.
The Rudolph Run/Walk 5K is sponsored by the Westerville Lions Club and will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at HER Realtors, 413 N. State St., with the Westerville Children's Christmas parade starting at 2:30 p.m. once the last walkers have reached the halfway point, said Larry Twyman, a Lions member who is in charge of the race.
Cost for the race is $30 for adults, $25 for those who are participating in the elementary school challenge open to children ages 12 and younger.
Twyman said $1,000 will be donated to the school's PTO whose students have the overall best running times.
Twyman said the annual children's Christmas parade will travel along North State Street to St. Paul the Apostle Church, 313 N. State St.
The Progressive Christmas Concert takes place from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at three different churches, all within a block of each other: Church of the Master, 24 N. Grove St.; Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St.; and First Presbyterian Church, 41 W. College Ave.
Tickets are $10 and $11 for online purchases. For information, go to westervillehabitat.org.
Other holiday events include:
* Nov. 30 through Dec. 21, performances of "Uptown Scrooge" 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:15, 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
* Dec. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., Hanby Holiday Open House, 160 W. Main St. Admission is $3 per adult, $2.50 for seniors and Ohio History Connection adult members, $1 ages 5 to 17, according to visitwesterville.org.
* Dec. 7, noon to 4 p.m., Family Fun Events and Hanby Holiday Open House, 160 W. Main St.
* Dec. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. Uptown Sip & Stroll. Visitors to Uptown Westerville businesses will receive a ticket for each store they visit. During the visit, participants will deposit their ticket in a box. All boxes will be collected and Westerville Merchants Association will draw six names, with each person winning $50 in gift certificates. These gift certificates will be awarded Dec. 18 and will be redeemable until July 1, 2020, according to visitwesterville.org.
* Dec. 20, 5 p.m., viewing of Uptown Ice Sculptures until they melt. For the sixth annual display, Rock on Ice will create works that will be stationed at Uptown Westerville businesses.