|Kiwanis offer a 'Hometown Christmas'|
|Sunday, December 01, 2013 9:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
The Kiwanis have taken over the event previously sponsored by the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce. The downtown activities and entertainment this year are fully sponsored by the Kiwanis as a way of saying “thank you” to the businesses and individuals in the community for supporting the club throughout the year at its various fundraisers and projects.
As always, the Delphos EMS will be serving up its delicious Ham and Bean Supper at the EMS building beginning at 5 p.m. for only $4 a dinner.
The Canal Commission Museum on Main Street will open its doors at 5:30 p.m. for the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Entertainment and activities will start at 6 p.m.
Santa will be welcomed to town atop a fire truck with a parade starting at 6:30 p.m. from the Delphos Herald parking lot, proceeding down Main Street and ending at Santa’s house on East Second Street in front of the First Financial Bank drive-thru.
Santa will light the official Christmas Tree at his house at the end of the parade.
Free refreshments will be available and Santa will have his sleigh and one of his reindeer for the kids to see. Parents and grandparents can bring their cameras to take pictures with the reindeer and sleigh.
Professional ice-carving artist Ryan Roth of Ice Creations will create a Christmas ice sculpture in the fire department parking lot across from Santa’s House. The ice sculpture will remain on site as long as Mother Nature’s temperatures allow.
Also new this year are old-fashioned Christmas carolers, including the Cavalier Carolers and the Jester Roving Players. They will stroll the streets singing Christmas carols and spreading Christmas cheer while wearing old-fashioned clothing.
Holiday performances by Dancer by Gina and Hearts in Motion dance studios will also highlight the evening. They are two very talented dance companies and are always a crowd pleaser.
Free horse and wagon rides will be available beginning after the parade and Schrader Realty will offer Santa’s workshop with Letters to Santa at their office at 202 N. Washington St.
Activities will wrap up around 8:30 p.m. unless children are still waiting to see Santa or ride in the horse-drawn wagon.
It’s an Old-Fashioned Hometown Christmas in downtown Delphos on Friday.
Additional Santa House hours are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. Letters can be dropped off any time at the Santa House in the special Santa mail slot.