Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Christmas in the City to be held on November 28

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020

The community is invited to downtown Huntington Saturday, November 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. to celebrate Christmas in the City. Activities for children and their families will take place throughout the afternoon commencing with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rotary Centennial Park at 6:15 p.m.

The Downtown Business Association (DBA) along with the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce organizes Christmas in the City each year, and the activities are free to those who attend. The opportunities for fun will be located in various places throughout the downtown area. Social distancing will take place and face masks will be encouraged.

Visits with Santa will take place in the beautifully decorated Courthouse rotunda from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Children can tell their Christmas wishes to Santa sitting in side by side chairs, separated by a Plexiglas divider. Pictures will be taken at no charge by Frederick’s Photography.

Elsa and Anna from Frozen will be on hand in the area of the Downtown Salon, in the first block of the downtown area, for photos. A nativity scene will be featured in the windows of Griff’s The Cutting Edge Salon. Caroling groups and music by Erie Band ensembles will set the festive tone of the afternoon.

Live reindeer, an alpaca and elves will be a favorite area for children to visit. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be socially distanced for the safety of children and their parents. Trackless train rides will be provided by Lake City Bank. All vehicles/animals used to transport children will be sanitized between each ride.

The Party Shop will host Mrs. Claus, an information booth and maps of the downtown activities. A post office box for “Letters to Santa” will also be located there.

The Meal Ministry, in the third block of downtown, will be providing hot chocolate. Popcorn and cookies will also be available. In the newly restored UB Arts Center, Franklin Street, story time will take place. The Grinch, Buddy the Elf and Snoopy may also be on hand to entertain in the afternoon.

Stores will be open and a special visitor may greet children at Little Sweets Spot candy store. Cutouts of Olaf from Frozen, a Gingerbread person and the Polar Express will be on the sidewalks in various areas of the downtown for photo opportunities.

The grand finale will feature Santa on a firetruck, led by HARTA bicyclists, arriving at Rotary Centennial Park at 6 p.m., just prior to the Christmas tree lighting at 6:15 p.m.

Come to downtown Huntington and enjoy a Christmas holiday afternoon together as a family with your community for a memory-making, special time of celebration.