The Hometown Holiday Festival returns to Granville Friday night, Dec. 5
The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite everyone out to officially start off the Holiday Season in Veterans Park beginning at 6 p.m.
Festivities will run until 7 p.m.
Chamber President Ralph Krueger said the event last year was such a success and a nice time for everyone that this year “will be pretty much a mirror image of last year.”
Although the chamber does not plan to mess with success, one small shining detail has changed – the tree.
The new-improved tree features 1,000 lights and will be easier on the electric meter by being ‘greener’ than before.
The new lights re-use the same wiring harnesses from the past, which were only a few years old, but replacing the old-style bulbs, which heat up and suck up lots of electricity, are new light emitting diodes – LEDs.
“(They use) something like 85 percent less electricity,” Krueger said.
Santa will be giving the eight reindeer a breather from training for their round-the-world Christmas Eve trek and will arrive at the park via a Granville fire truck. Every kid will get a chance to meet Santa up on the bandstand again and receive a little something.
“Every kid will get a little gift from Santa,” Krueger said.
After cutting it close last year due to a surprising response from the community and a larger than expected turnout, Krueger said the chamber made certain to have enough gifts to hand out to all of the little ones who meet the Jolly Old Elf.
But before the gifts start flying, Santa will have some work to do in leading the lighting of the tree in Veterans Park.
Krueger said the festival will feature caroling throughout the evening and a fire ring in the park provided by the Boy Scouts.
Marshmallows will be available for roasting over the flames and refreshments will be provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and the VFW post.
Everything in the park will be happening free of charge, Krueger said.
The live nativity scene will return, thanks to the First Church of Granville, Krueger said.
Lots of live critters will be there for the kids to see as well as some familiar faces acting out the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The luminaries that decorated Main Street last year will be in the park casting their warm glow on everyone gathered to the festivities, Krueger said.
The boy scouts will once again place and light each luminary by hand, lighting the park up with about 500 individual candles with the help of George Henry.
“It’s a pretty neat time, the kids will like it,” Krueger said.