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Gahanna Holiday Lights! Parade
Chris Parker | ThisWeek
Lifelong Gahanna resident and former Gahanna Fire Chief to serve as Grand Marshal of Holiday Lights! Parade on November 23 Former Mifflin Township Fire Chief and lifelong resident of Gahanna, James (Jim) DeConnick will be this year’s Holiday Lights! Parade Grand Marshal during the annual holiday event on Friday, November 23. DeConnick retired from his position as Fire Chief in June 2012 after nearly 43 years of service. As a lifelong resident of Gahanna, DeConnick has been an active participant in many community events, including, the Fourth of July parade, Gahanna Flea Market, Creekside Blues &
Jazz Festival and numerous sporting events. Current Mifflin Township Fire Chief, Tim Taylor, nominated him to serve as this year’s Holiday Lights! Parade Grand Marshal. “Jim has spent the past 62 years as a Gahanna resident who has fully committed himself professionally and personally to our community,” said Gretchen Hof, Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) Events Coordinator. “The selection committee unanimously agreed Continued on page 4
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Gahanna Holiday Lights! Parade Continued from page 2 that he would be a great choice to lead this year’s parade.” The Gahanna holiday fun begins on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the official opening of the Holiday Lights Season! Celebrate with Mayor Becky Stinchcomb as she illuminates the Grand Holiday Tree and lights up Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park & Plaza. The annual Holiday Lights! Parade, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 and will feature bands, floats and the perennial favorite Oshkosh Striker Air Rescue Firefighting Truck from the Port Columbus International Airport, all dressed in thousands of twinkling lights. Holi-
The annual Holiday Lights! Parade, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. For the complete list of holiday season activities, visit VisitGahanna.com or call (614) 418-9114. day Lights! Parade will be preceded by both a Healthy Holiday 5K and a One Mile Family Fun Run, sponsored by Mount Carmel. For additional information on Holiday Lights! Parade and for the complete list of holiday season activities, programs and events, visit VisitGahanna.com or call (614) 4189114.
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Visit with Santa A holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Santa. Picture taking and wish-making opportunities are available with the Jolly Old Elf himself! An express North Pole mailbox will be available for letters to Santa, so send your wish list and keep working on that good behavior!
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Saturday, December 1 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill Street.
Holiday 5K Are you already running a race on Thanksgiving day? Are you tough enough to run another one on Black Friday evening? Join us in Gahanna and find out! Race begins on Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill Street. Runners will follow a portion of the Holiday Lights! Parade route on Mill and Granville Streets to begin the race. The Healthy Holiday Fun Run begins at 4:45 p.m. Race Fee is $20 and packet pick-ups will be available at Second Sole, 1245 North Hamilton Road in Gahanna. Race day registrations are $25. Registrations and race route map available online at VisitGahanna.com or call the Gahanna CVB at (614) 418-9114.
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Healthy Holiday 5K presented by Mount Carmel: Nov. 23
Holiday Character Breakfast with free childrenâ€™s activities presented by Telhio Credit Union: Dec. 8 Parade route: Nov. 23
Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park
Visit with Santa: Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22
ATM Holiday Lights Gallery presented by Strathmore Development Holiday Company and the Chocolate Tree Sweetery & Bakery. Browse the beautiful Flip the Switch Coloring Contest artwork at 804 Mill St. during the holiday season. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
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Winter Wonderland presented by AEP Ohio速 will illuminate the Creekside area with over 100K lights The Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation is excited to host the Winter Wonderland presented by AEP Ohio速 at Creekside Park & Plaza again this year. The annual Holiday Tree and Winter Wonderland lighting is Saturday, November 10 at 6 p.m. on the Rotary Stage at Creekside Plaza. Once again, Mayor Becky Stinchcomb and the winners of the Flip the Switch Coloring Contest will illuminate the holiday displays. Throughout the years, the Wonderland has grown from a simple light display on Creekside island to approximately 2,000 lights per tree this year, lights at the lagoon on the lower plaza and the new north and south trellises on the upper plaza. This year, the department estimates it will use 150,000 light bulbs to illuminate the Creekside area. Of those 150,000 light bulbs, approximately 100,000 are LED. The Winter Wonderland stays illuminated through Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Holiday activities, entertainment and fun continue throughout thanks to the shops, restaurant and business owners in Olde Gahanna. Santa Claus has scheduled time at the Ohio Herb Education Center every Saturday in December before Christmas for children to visit. More information, including times and activities, may be found at www.ohioherbeducationcenter.org.
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Thank You to Our 2012 Holiday Lights! Parade & Season Partners
• HER Real Living • The Commons at Clark Hall • Eastland Career Center/Criminal Justice • Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools • Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation • Gahanna Rotary Foundation • Mifflin Township Division of Fire • Chocolate Tree Sweetery & Bakery Take a Bite for Holiday Lights! Restaurants • City BBQ • Rotelli’s • Old Bag of Nails
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Holiday Character Breakfast
Join us for the 6th annual Holiday Character Breakfast on Saturday, December 8 at the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary! Celebrate the spirit of the season with your favorite holiday characters and enjoy a live show and delicious allyou-can-eat pancakes from Katie’s Cakes! Don’t miss the opportunity to pose for pictures with your favorite costumed holiday characters!
When: Saturday, December 8 Where: Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High Street What time: Seating times available between 8:20 a.m. and noon Price: $6 per ticket in advance (prior to December 7); $8 at door, if seats are available Purchase tickets: Online at VisitGahanna.com or call the Gahanna CVB at (614) 418-9114
Don’t forget, all guests must purchase a ticket to attend the Holiday Character Breakfast!
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Energy-Efficient Tips The holidays are a great time to switch to LED decorative lighting ENERGY STAR® certified LED holiday lights are beautiful, cost-effective and eco-friendly. Not only do they help save money on your energy bill — they also help protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions. ENERGY STAR Certified LED Holiday Lights: • Consume 70% less energy than conventional incandescent lights strands • Can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lights • Are cool to the touch, reducing the
risk of fire • Are much more durable and shockresistant than other light strings • Come with a three-year warranty, meaning fewer light string replacements • Are independently tested to meet strict lifetime and electrical requirements • Are available in a variety of colors, shapes and lengths • Some models deliver features such as dimming or color shifting • Outdoor lights have been subjected to weathering tests
THERE’S MORE COMING OUT OF THOSE OLD LIGHTS THAN HOLIDAY CHEER. Switch to ENERGY STAR® certified LED holiday lighting and waste up to 70% less energy this year. Learn more at AEPOhio.com/HolidayLighting.
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