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Light Up The Holidays With Anthony Wayne-Area Events

Preparing for the Light Up Waterville celebration on Saturday, December 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. are (from left) Brittany Miller, Molly Good and 3rd St. Blooms owner Wendy Gray. MIRROR PHOTO BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — Decked-out trees, decadent donuts, singing princes-ses and ho-ho-ho-ing Santas are on the lineup for three Anthony Wayne-area holiday events.
Waterville
On Saturday, December 2, start out the day with Break-fast With Santa, an Anthony Wayne softball fundraiser at Shawn’s Irish Tavern from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 3-8. Throughout the day, Waterville businesses will be open and offering specials. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the entertainment begins, with ice sculptures, ornament decorating and other specials including: • The Winters Sisters, presented by Laurel’s Princess Parties, will host a sing-along and meet and greet. • Santa’s Workshop in Dale’s Diner, where Waterville City Council members will be available to chat. • Historical Christmas Tales by costumed Waterville Historical Society members. • Face painting and Christmas carols by Matt Richardson. • A tree lighting on Third Street at 6:00 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Peddlers’ Alley buffalo. • Food from Biggby Coffee, Rosie’s Rolling Chef, Rusty’s Road Trip, Wing Station by Pizza Hut and the Holey Toledough Donut truck. • Music by Laurie Swyers from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Mad Anthony’s Tavern. The free holiday event was founded in 2015 by 3rd Street Blooms owner Wendy Gray and is now being led by the Waterville Historical Society (WHS), Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. “The goal is to allow people from all over Northwest Ohio to come and enjoy historic downtown Waterville,” said Molly Good, Heartland of Waterville, who also serves on the Special Events and Awareness Committee for the Waterville Historical Society. For more information, visit www.discoverwaterville.com or look up Light Up Waterville on Facebook.
Whitehouse
Get into the holiday spirit with a stroll through downtown Whitehouse on Sunday, December 2. Local businesses will be open from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., offering treats and specials, and showing off their decorated storefronts. From 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., Santa will be at the Dance Centre of Northwest Ohio, 6662 Providence St., to greet children and pose for photos. At 5:30 p.m., Santa will lead the Holiday Parade on foot from the Dance Centre to the Whitehouse Park Pavilion, where Mayor Atkinson will flip the switch to turn on the lights downtown. Choral groups will be singing and the winner of the Holiday Decorating Contest will be announced.
Monclova
The Monclova Historical Foundation and Community Center will host a tree lighting and celebration on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy treats from Heartland of Waterville and StoryPoint Senior Living. Sing Christmas carols. Warm up by the fire after watching the tree lighting. Get family photos with Santa Claus and enjoy a free horse and carriage ride. The event is free with a canned food donation. The Monclova Community Center is located at 8115 Monclova Rd.

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