GALION — This Saturday, the streets of Galion will be filled with people, laughter, food, entertainment and Christmas music as the Come Home for the Holidays event kicks off at 1 p.m.
While carriage and wagon rides by Pine Acres Carriage Service will be available, making a loop between the Galion Public Library and Brownella Cottage, people can stop in at the Polynesian-themed open house at the library, which also is having a gingerbread house-decorating contest. The open house will even include a Polynesian Island Hula dancing starting at 1 p.m. by Hula Fusion. Island Jeff will provide island steel pan drum music from 2-3 p.m. There will be refreshments, including punch and cookies from local bakers.
Also at the library there will be lots of activities for kids, including two special story times in the Children’s Room, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Crafts, with an island theme and an opportunity to donate to the library’s Giving Tree. The library staff has made its “wish list” for materials and/or supplies for the library to use to serve the community. These requests will be placed on the tree in the lobby for patrons to view. Those who take and fill a request will be considered “Angels” by the staff.
The Galion Historical Society, located at West Walnut and South Union Streets, will also offer an open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m. that will include Brownella Cottage, the study, the Carriage House Museum and the Historic Grace Church. There also will be a live nativity scene.
A Creative Crafters table in which talented individuals will display hand-made items for the public to buy will be set up in the uptowne area.
Also scheduled is “Star Wars” at the Gill House. This event, from 1 to 3 p.m., encourages participants to come to the Gill House, 342 Harding Way West, dressed as a Star Wars character. There will be crafts and photo opportunities and at 4 p.m., characters can ride in the annual Christmas parade.
Santa Claus will be coming to town via the annual Christmas parade that begins at 4:15 p.m. at Heise Park and continues through Uptowne Galion. This year’s grand marshal Vic Smith.
The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be held after the parade on the square and is expected to include Miss Ohio Sarah Hider.
The Great Elf Hunt will feature mischievous elves that will be hiding in Uptowne Galion throughout the event 1-5 p.m.
Before the Come Home for the Holidays event begins at 1 p.m. the City of Galion and Galion Depot, Inc., will hold a brief groundbreaking ceremony for the Depot Pavilion project at noon.
“People will gather at the Galion Big Four Depot property, 127 North Washington Street, around noon and photos will be taken promptly at 12:30 p.m.,” said Matt Echelberry, the city’s communications director.