PIQUA — After last year’s blowout success, the annual Christmas on the Green celebration will be returning on Friday, Dec. 2, between 6-9 p.m. in downtown Piqua.
Good weather during last year’s event filled the downtown with community members and visitors, lining up for many of the popular attractions that will be returning this year.
“The carriage rides are always very, very popular,” Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, said. The costumed characters will also be returning to walk around the square around the Piqua Public Library and inside the library.
“They’re always very successful, and the kids love that,” Swisher said. “We have lots of new items in the Kiddie Christmas Shop.” The Kiddie Christmas Shop will be located in the Piqua Chamber of Commerce building.
“We’ll primarily be in the area around the Piqua Public Library and the 300 and 400 blocks of Piqua Main Street,” Swisher said. “And back by popular demand will be the trackless train.”
The train will be running all three hours of the event at Readmore’s Hallmark.
There will also be food available to the event’s attendees, including kettle corn, chili from the Boy Scouts, and treats from Dobo’s Delights.
New this year will be a family photo booth sponsored by the iLove Team Photo Booth Rentals. Families will be able to get their pictures taken together at the photo booth at no cost. The photo booth will be located in front of the library, and the photos will have the Christmas on the Green logo imprinted on them.
Swisher explained that this new feature was brought about by the president and founder of iLOVE, Joshua Landis, who recently moved back to Piqua from Florida and is looking to give back to community.
“We’re really excited to have this brand new feature,” Swisher said. “It’s going to be awesome.”
The tradition that started Christmas on the Green will also be back and potentially be centered around the gazebo this year. Everyone is invited to join in the community caroling at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the Piqua High School show choir will also be performing at approximately 7 p.m.
“It’s a great opportunity for the community to come together and kick off the season together,” Swisher said.
Swisher said that they are going to try and have all of the singing at the gazebo outside of the library, including both the caroling and the show choir performance, instead of inside the lobby of the library, but that will be weather-dependent.
“It really is a wonderful celebration of the Christmas season,” Swisher said.
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