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Holiday season begins in Uptown Westerville Dec. 5-7
By LIN RICE
Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:48 PM
Westerville's Uptown merchants are preparing for the city's annual Holiday Festival to take place Dec. 5-7.
Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 with the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the Municipal Building courtyard, 21 S. State St. The Westerville Community Band will start the evening with holiday tunes at 6:45 p.m., and a Celebrate Westerville time capsule ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. The time capsule will be buried in the flower garden where the holiday tree will stand, along with a 1976 time capsule created for the nation's bicentennial.
After the tree-lighting, Santa Claus will arrive by fire engine and take the stage, before passing out treats at the corner of College and State streets. The ceremony will also include performances by the Otterbein Kinderchor and the Westerville North High School Notables.
The Westerville Bobbies, police officers in historic uniforms, will walk throughout Uptown. Free carriage rides will be offered from 7-10 p.m.
Children can watch a movie, puppet show, see toy trains, have their faces painted, visit Santa Claus and a gift shop. The Snowflake Castle takes place at the senior center, 310 W. Main St. Admission is $2 per person or $3 for a photo with Santa.
A food and money drive will also be held during the parade to help Westerville Caring & Sharing.
During the weekend, and on Dec. 2, there will be a Christmas Open House at the Hanby House, 160 W. Main St., from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The open house will include refreshments, special music and a guest sing-along.
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