Waynetown Christmas celebrations start Saturday


WAYNETOWN — Waynetown will kick off the Christmas season with the annual Christmas in the Park Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rev. Guy Tremaine Park. More than 65 Christmas displays will be turned on as Santa arrives with a fireworks introduction.

The North Montgomery Middle School Choir will begin the event followed by soloist Joyce Melvin. The traditional reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” will take place with children in attendance invited to join Kevin Howey on the Freedom Festival stage.

A Sommer Elementary student will pull the switch to light up the park at approximately 7 p.m.

Refreshments of donut holes, cookies and hot drinks will be served by local scouts in the Rusk Shelter. A free-will offering will be accepted.

New to the event grounds is a heated Santa House. Santa will be available at various times the whole month of December to meet with children. Follow the Waynetown Christmas in the Park Facebook page to see announcements when Santa will be in his house.

The park will remain lit through the month of December. There is a donation box located at the end of the circle driveway to help with future Christmas events.

The town has installed new Christmas decorations downtown at the corner of Washington and Vine streets. Additionally, the town has Christmas lights attached to the electrical poles along South Vine Street to light the way to the park.

The celebration will continue at 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Waynetown Aquatic Center Community Room. Santa will visit with children and distribute treats. The top three winning displays will be announced at that time. Waynetown’s Christmas celebration will continue at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Waynetown Christian Church with music and readings. The inter-church event will include professional harpist Olivia Overpeck. Ethan Runyan and Bob Cox will sing “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.” Refreshments will follow.

Fountain Trust, Classic Hits 91.2 FM, Campbell Ag Service, Waynetown Merchants Association and Waynetown Utilities are sponsors for the events at the park.