PIQUA — Downtown Piqua’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Green, will happen in downtown Piqua on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. The event is coordinated by a dedicated group of Mainstreet Piqua volunteers and is a fun, family event. Christmas on the Green is presented by the French Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation.
The highlights include live music, strolling characters, carriage rides and children’s activities. Community caroling, along with the live entertainment, will be held at the gazebo and additional activities will be spread over the 300 and 400 blocks of North Main Street. There will also be food vendors in the quad on the east side of the Fort Piqua Plaza as well as the 400 block of North Main Street.
Caroling is a central feature of Christmas on the Green and will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Piqua High School’s “The Company” will be leading the caroling and there will also be a performance by the barbershop group “After School.” Live music also will be offered at the gazebo, with professional sound services by Mike Caldwell. The Gotham City Brass quintet will also be on hand for Christmas on the Green and will be making their way throughout downtown Piqua from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
There will be a live ice sculpting demonstration in front of Apple Tree Gallery starting at about 6 p.m. done by Dayton based ice sculptor Ramon, who will do two different sculptures during the course of the evening. Each sculpture starts as a 400-pound rectangular block of ice, but with the help of a chainsaw, router, chisel, hammer and various other tools Ramon creates angels, carolers, animals and a host of other beautiful creations.
There will be several costumed characters strolling around the downtown. Santa will be located in his special chair in the lobby of the Piqua Public Library from 7:30-8:30 p.m. In addition, there will be visits by a Gingerbread boy, Nutcracker, Frosty the Snowman, and a toy soldier.
The library’s children’s activities will be held in the Children’s Department on the lower level of the library. Those interested in participating in the activities are asked to enter through the main lobby.
Nancy Spillane and all the Children’s Department staff have a variety of activities planned. While the kids are participating in the free activities, adults can take a moment to enjoy delicious cookies and punch.
Another popular kids’ activity at Christmas on the Green is the Kiddie Christmas Shop located in the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The Kiddie Christmas Shop allows kids to pick out gifts for special loved ones under the careful supervision of volunteers and within a preset budget. Items are carefully arranged into men’s, ladies and children’s categories to give little shoppers great ideas for everyone on their list. The shop will be open during Christmas on the Green, from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 2, from noon-2 p.m., prior to and directly after the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade.
The horse-drawn carriage rides are a popular feature of Christmas on the Green and there will be two carriages making their way through the downtown. The location for pick-up and drop off will be in front of Can’t Stop Running in the 300 block of North Main Street. The carriage ride route will be Main Street to Market Street and north on Wayne Street to Ash Street and back to Main Street. Rides are $1 per person. Mainstreet Piqua appreciates the Unity National Bank associates and management who help with the carriage rides each year.
Christmas on the Green is part of the “Holiday Experiences in Piqua” weekend that includes the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run and the annual Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade.
The annual Holly Jolly 5K/10K run will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Registration will take place in the lobby of the Municipal Government Complex and same-day registrations for the race are accepted. Sponsors for the Holly Jolly Run are Premiere Health Partners, Atlantis Sportswear and Can’t Stop Running Company.
Also on Dec. 2, the Downtown Holiday Parade will step off from the corner of Main and North streets at 2 p.m. and make its way south on Main Street to High Street, then proceed on High to Downing Street. The theme of the parade will be “Magical Musical Christmas.” Immediately following the parade, Santa will visit with kids in the lobby of the Fort Piqua Plaza. The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is sponsored by Mark Reedy and Spencer Peltier of Thrivent Financial, Jeanie Jordan-Bates of McVety Realty and Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothiers.
For more information about these activities, call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 or visit www.mainstreetpiqua.com