By Felicia A. Petro/Senior Reporter
GROVE CITY —
Olde Town will glow longer for Light Up Night this year.
"It's going to be three hours," said Julie Anderson, Olde Town manager, who works with various committees to organize events downtown.
Light Up Night will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, that's twice as long as previous year's.
"Last year was focused on community and we wanted to open it up and make it a community and retail event," Anderson said.
The marketing committee looked at what worked last year, she said, "and a lot of merchants expressed opening it for business instead of making it just a warm, fuzzy event."
From 4 to 6 p.m., downtown shops will have food and a special promotion, with some providing live music.
There will also be a Christmas tractor hay ride this year, which will go from Joseph D. Monteleone Youth Festival Park - where the gazebo is located downtown - to Limberg Way alley to Pine Street to South Broad Street and back to Monteleone.
Strolling carolers will stop and sing in various businesses, as well as up and down South Broad.
"We'll also have strolling elves and strolling Christmas characters," Anderson added, for picture opportunities.
At 6 p.m., there will be a community sing at the gazebo, with all the ornamental lights turning on downtown at 6:05 p.m.
Then at 6:10 p.m., "A very small parade with Santa coming in town in a fire truck ... will conclude the evening," she said.
"Once he finishes his route, he will meet with kids at Candy Cane Lane at Steigerwald's (behind Monteleone). He'll be there until 7 p.m."
In addition to Light Up Night, Santa will meet with kids at Candy Cane Lane from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays this month.
Anderson said that some downtown churches are getting in on the Light Up Night excitement.
Grace United Methodist Church will have its annual live Nativity on the front lawn and a Crèche display in its basement on Dec. 8 and Tower Presbyterian Church will be opening its train exhibit in Williamson Hall downstairs.
Published Dec. 1, 2012, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201A Erie St., Grove City.