“Though the weather outside is frightful” is how the old song goes and likewise a little cold weather failed to diminish the enthusiasm of the massive crowd at the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce Hometown Holiday Dec. 2.
The annual welcome to the winter holiday season featured Santa Claus – and a new addition – Mrs. Claus arriving with their traditional fire truck chauffer.
Together the pair helped the crowd filled with more than 250 youngsters count down to the official lighting of the town’s tree before getting down to business and passing out some gifts.
Turnout increased again over the large crowd seen in 2010.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and chamber volunteers including President Kerri Thomas, Denise and Jeff Davies and Harry Haldt stayed busy for more than two hours as children of all ages came up, sat on Chris Kringle’s lap and had a little chat about being naughty or nice.
Some of the kids, however, could only stare at the mysterious man in red with a giant white beard while a few were moved to tears apparently over the emotion of the moment.
Thomas and others remarked they were pleased to see the event continue to be well received by the community in any weather, warm, cold or holiday appropriate snow. “It’s just nice to be able to do this and have it be such a success,” Thomas said.
The park was decorated for the season with a Santa’s sleigh and reindeer and light poles from Main to Quaker street were dressed up with another chamber creation – the light up holiday ornaments. The Victorian street light poles were also wrapped in lights and greenery.
Helping to fend off the cold weather were the Boy Scouts who once again offered a fire ring for helping to shake off the cold or a tasty marshmallow for a tasty treat, complete with toasting stick.
Not to be outdone the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary provided hot chocolate and homemade cookies.
“This was just great. They did a good job,” Josh Covino said afterwards. Covino brought son Kayden and stepdaughter Alexia Baker out to see Santa Claus and snap a picture.
Older kids preferred to keep warm near the fire pit. Granville ninth graders Hope Ludwig, Brittney Dorman and Emily Marks enjoyed marshmallows, well done, around the fire ring.
“We had a great turnout this year. It is great the Boy Scouts and the Legion are a part of it as well. The hot chocolate and cookies along with fire pit for roasting marshmallows are always great. The chamber is happy to put on this event every year and we were excited Mrs. Claus was able to join us this year as well. Seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces makes all the hard work worth it. It is great that such a large part of the community participates in this event,” Thomas said.