Pandemic forces Canal Winchester to again adjust holiday events

Scott Gerfen
ThisWeek
Everly Rankin, then 4, poses with the gingerbread couple during last year's Christmas in the Village. The city of Canal Winchester announced Dec. 1 the drive-thru visits with Santa Claus had been canceled but the Santa parade and BrockStrong Light Up The Night Parade will be held.

Update: The city of Canal Winchester announced Dec. 1 the drive-thru visits with Santa Claus had been canceled. The Santa parade and BrockStrong Light Up The Night Parade will be held. For more information, go to canalwinchesterohio.gov/

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has forced another change in the Christmas in the Village.

The city of Canal Winchester had planned socially distanced visits with Santa Claus for Dec. 4-5. A release sent by the city said the visits were canceled "out of an abundance of caution and the recent public health advisories."

Santa still will have a mailbox outside of the municipal building and will respond to letters with return addresses. 

The Santa parade is 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. 

Those neighborhoods include Canal Cove, Ashbrook Village and the Villages of Westchester.

“They’ll be driving through more neighborhoods this year since we aren’t able to congregate downtown,” said Hannah Voss, the city’s events and communications coordinator.  

Santa also will join the BrockStrong Light Up the Night Holiday Lights Parade, which begins at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Canal Winchester High School parking lot. 

The route has been expanded, Voss said. More information is available at cwholidaylightsparade.com. 

Last year, more than 40 vehicles participated in the parade, which benefits the BrockStrong Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 2015 by the family of Brock Johnson, who died from an autoimmune disease at age 14. 

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