Much to do throughout Huntington’s downtown for ‘Christmas in the City’

Santa Claus waves from the ladder of a Huntington Fire Department truck as he officially arrives in town during last year’s Christmas in the City event. Hundreds of people turned out at Rotary Park downtown to greet him and watch the lighting of the electronic Christmas tree at the park’s fountain.  This year’s event happens Saturday, Nov. 30.
Santa Claus waves from the ladder of a Huntington Fire Department truck as he officially arrives in town during last year’s Christmas in the City event. Hundreds of people turned out at Rotary Park downtown to greet him and watch the lighting of the electronic Christmas tree at the park’s fountain. This year’s event happens Saturday, Nov. 30. TAB file photo.

The Downtown Business Association presents “Christmas in the City” on Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Huntington with lots of family-oriented activities throughout three blocks on Jefferson Street.

The event highlights the arrival of Santa Claus to officiate lighting up the city for the holidays.

Streets will be closed downtown starting at 2 p.m. Saturday for the celebration.

Activities begin at 2 p.m. with the ribbon cutting of a new candy store, Little Sweets Spot, at 315 N. Jefferson St. Buddy the Elf will be present along with free samples of four different flavors of Christmas cotton candy and popcorn.

The schedule of events includes:                                                                                                                                                                           3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. downtown

• The Party Shop, 413 N. Jefferson St. (second block), will host the information booth with flyers and maps of the afternoon’s activities distributed by Christmas elves. Mrs. Claus will present children with chocolate coins. Letters written to Santa at the Meal Ministry can be dropped off also at The Party Shop. Free popcorn will be available in the first and third blocks of downtown served by the Bethel Assembly of God youth group. Caroling groups and the Erie Band saxophone ensemble and brass ensemble will perform throughout downtown.

• Live reindeer will be visiting (first block) for children to see and pet with their elves. Enhanced Lash & Beauty & The Downtown Salon, 552 N. Jefferson St., will host photos with Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” and an Olaf cut-out will be in the area also for photos. Greenbear Photography will supply the princesses.

• Huntington City-Township Public Library will present “Whoville and the Grinch” during story time at Happy Camper, 411 N. Jefferson, in the second block. Story times will be 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 5 p.m. The Bookworm will be located near Happy Camper. Giggabuggy, 422 N. Jefferson St., will offer ornament painting for a fee. A gingerbread cut-out for photos will also be located in the second block. Huntington Chevrolet will park three trucks decked out in Christmas lights.

• Free pony rides and a petting zoo along with free trackless train rides (third block) will be part of the fun along with Buddy the Elf, free cotton candy and popcorn at Little Sweets Spot, 315 N. Jefferson St. The 5th Parlour, 5 E. Market St., will offer hair and face painting. The New Life Meal Ministry will have coloring books and crayons along with hot chocolate and cookies. Letters to Santa may be written at the Meal Ministry and turned in at The Party Shop to be read by Santa.

3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse

• Photos of children visiting with Santa will be taken by Frederick’s Photography in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda, which will be decorated like a “Winter Wonderland.” The photos will be available online at no charge following the event.
5:50 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park

• Santa arrives atop a fire truck, preceded by HARTA bicyclists, to the park, at the corner of Jefferson and West Park Drive. He will be greeted by a gathering at the park.

• The “Lights of the Night” tree lighting ceremony takes place at the Rotary Centennial Park fountain. Free glow sticks and candy canes will be available and musical selections will be played.