Plans are being put together for this year’s Come Home to Galion.
The event will be held 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5 through Uptowne Galion.
“It’s a great kickoff to the Christmas season,” said event volunteer Shawna Layland. “It’s a free family event and we look forward to getting the community together to celebrate.”
The event is capped by a parade through town, the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Committee members say the grand marshalls of the parade will be the Galion 12U Little League All-Star team, which finished third at this summer’s state tournament.
The parade will be again be announced by retired Galion teacher David Spraw.
“I had a great time last year,” he said. “It’s good to see groups participating. This helps bring families downtown.”
Events at the Gill House and the Galion Public Library are slated to be back this year, along with the addition of hayrides to carriage rides there.
The committee is seeking individual and corporate donations to help cover the cost of the event. Layland estimates that $4,000 is needed to cover the cost.
Donations can be made by check to Galion Community Foundation, 135 Harding Way W. Checks need to have Come Home to Galion as the memo.
Those looking to volunteer can attend the group’s next planning meeting at noon Oct. 21 at Grace Church, which is located across from Brownella Cottage. Lunch will be available for $5.