XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails’ (GCP&T) Santa’s Holiday in the Park returns this year with several new festive features 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, to Saturday, Dec. 9 at James Ranch Park, 177 Fairground Road.
Event attendees will park at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center, 210 Fairground Road.
By popular demand, live reindeer will return to Greene County and be at the holiday event on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. Specially created lighted candy cane poles will help attendees navigate the grounds.
As always, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be greeting families within the 1800s brick home at James Ranch Park. Photographs will be available from betterImages with packages starting at $5 for a 5-by-7 print. Families may also take their own photographs or videos.
Within the historic home, letters to Santa may be written and mailed with assistance from the elves from Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center. Temporary holiday tattoos will also be offered.
Walking of James Ranch Park will feature thousands of LED lights for an even brighter holiday with more than 50 animated lighted displays placed throughout the park. Event attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately.
Returning this year will be a Holiday Candy Shop where guests can purchase festive candy that will range from 25 cents to $1.
Activity and hospitality stations will be scattered throughout James Ranch Park and feature such holiday favorites as hot chocolate and kettle corn, ornament-making with wooden ‘cookies’ created from ash trees removed from GCP&T sites, ornaments made with pine cones, handmade candles made on-site, reindeer food-making, roaming holiday costumed characters and holiday wooden cut-outs for photographs.
Sponsors of this year’s event include Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center and betterImages. Donations of $1 per person are suggested with all funds raised invested back into the event for future years.
For more information, contact GCP&T at 937-562-6440, visit www.gcparkstrails.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story courtesy of Greene County Parks and Trails.