The Gingerbread House Decorating contest kicks off West Carrollton’s month of holiday events on Friday, December 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave.
As in years past, the city will host 20 groups as they spend an evening with family and friends decorating a pre-assembled gingerbread house. The event is free but, each group must register online here prior to the event as space is limited. “Participants are encouraged to bring extra decorations and icing to create their masterpiece,” said Heidi Van Antwerp, public relations director, “the houses will then be displayed at the Holiday Festival the next day. We’ll post photos on our Facebook page where the public gets to vote to determine this year’s winners.”
The annual Holiday Festival returns Saturday, December 4, from 4 – 6 p.m. at theCivic Center, 300 E. Central Ave. Santa Claus will be available for free ‘take your own’ photos from 4 – 5 p.m. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, a 5:30 p.m. flashlight candy cane hunt, and musical performances by the West Carrollton high school choir and orchestra groups.
A hot chocolate bar and cookies will be available to all, as well as a take-home activity provided by the West Carrollton branch of the Dayton Metro Library. Children will also be able to write a letter to Santa and drop it in Santa’s mailbox at the event. The tree lighting ceremony will conclude the festival at 6 p.m.
The city’s second annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest for West Carrollton residents will be held this December. Participants must register their homes by Wednesday, December 15, at 3 p.m., to be included in the contest. Judging will take place Thursday, December 16, between 6:30-10 p.m. Winners will receive prizes and be announced December 18. “Once again, we had a fantastic turnout for the Halloween version and were asked about holding the Holiday contest again this year. We’re happy to do just that – it’s a very positive and fun way for people to be involved in their community,” said Heidi Van Antwerp, public relations director.
Another event that will be in its second year is the Luminary Walk through Wilson Park, 350 Wilson Park Dr., being held Saturday, December 18, from 7 – 10 p.m. The half mile walking path through the park will be decorated with luminaries and lights for the season. “We’ll be adding a holiday craft as well as providing beverages and tasty treats during the event. It’s another great addition to our month of holiday events in the city,” said Christian Mattingly, parks and recreation director.