Welcoming the jolly old elf

December 13, 2013

XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails’ Annual Santa’s Holiday in the Park is hosted nightly at 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13-14, 20-21 at James Ranch Park, 177 Fairground Road.

New highlights this year include the addition of seven animated LED light displays as well as illuminating the 1800s brick home for the first time.

Apple County Farm Market will be showcasing one of their holiday trees as well as providing live greenery for the home, front porch and wagons.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus within the brick 1800s home at James Ranch Park, as well as take a wagon ride through the park with more than 100,000 holiday lights illuminating the park and bridge that leads to the paved trail. Holiday music is piped throughout the park and adds to the festive mood. Families may also purchase hot chocolate for a nominal fee.

Children can also receive free holiday face tattoos after visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus can be purchased for a nominal fee from betterImages or families may bring their own cameras or video devices.

A suggested donation of $1 per person is requested with all proceeds used to support and expand the event. For more information about Greene County Parks & Trails or Santa’s Holiday in the Park call 937-562-6440 or email abotkin@co.greene.oh.us. Greene Memorial Hospital, betterImages Portrait Studio, Shawnee Heating and Air, Apple Country Farm Market and Collett Propane, Inc., help sponsor the Greene County Parks & Trails event.