XENIA — It will be a Hometown Christmas this weekend in Xenia.
“It will be a full day of fun,” Mary Crockett, the event coordinator, said. “There will be carriage rides, food trucks, and even a visit from a special guest.”
Hometown Christmas will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and will include music, lights and children’s activities to go with the events Crockett mentioned.
“There will be three places to ride the carriages,” Crockett continued. “You can get your tickets at Dodd’s Monuments, at WBZI and the Library. We’ve gone to tickets to make it more convenient for the riders. You will have a specific time for your ride so you can go around the festival and enjoy the food and fun, then come back to your location for your carriage ride.”
Tickets will be $1 at Dodd’s Monuments while tickets at WBZI and the Xenia Library will be $3 each or two for $5.
“While you’re waiting, you can walk down to the parking lot by Toward Independence (at the intersection of East Main and Whiteman streets) and enjoy something to eat,” Crockett said. “That is where the food trucks will be set up.”
There will also be Santa’s Bistro for those who would like to sit to eat.
The kids will get their opportunity to meet “the big guy” at approximately 4 p.m. when Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a stop at Toward Independence, located at 81 East Main St.
Other events include a decorated bike trail at Third and South Detroit streets, near the new bicycle plaza, a petting zoo
For Hometown Christmas you can hear some jazz, watch some dancers, visit a children’s petting zoo and pet the live llamas.
Visit Xenia Station to see the lights, have refreshments, and see the children’s locomotive, hand-colored by youngsters over a summer of First Fridays. “That is such a neat thing,” Crockett said. “Every First Friday, the children would work on coloring it. Now everyone can see their artistic ability.”
“And don’t forget to get downtown all this week and vote for the window displays,” Crockett said. “Awards will be given to the top three places.” Those places will be decided by votes of the public and judges. Each bank of votes will account for 50 percent of the score.
The public can also take part in the “Match the Window to the Christmas Movie.”