The city of West Carrollton’s holiday programs are changing this year to due current restrictions and guidelines in place per the Ohio Department of Health.
The annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest continues but, with a few twists. The contest is going virtual as all decorating will be completed at home with photos then being submitted to be eligible for prizes. Participants may use a pre-made kit or make a gingerbread house of their own.
The city is providing 30 gingerbread house kits free of charge for the contest. The kits are available on a first-come basis and can be picked up at the Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave., West Carrollton, Oh., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Citizens can reserve a kit online or stop in and pick one up. Kits must be picked up by November 25.
“We’re doing something new with the judging of the contest,” said Teresa Slonaker, event coordinator, “and will have the public vote for their favorites via social media.”
To participate in the contest, photos must be submitted online by Monday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. Official rules and information about judging is available at westcarrollton.org. Winners will be announced Monday, December 14.
The city follows up the Halloween home decorating with a Holiday Home Decorating Contest for West Carrollton residents this December. Persons must register their homes by Friday, December 11, at noon, to be included in the contest. Judging will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 12 -13, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The winner will be announced December 16 and receive $50 in gift cards.
“We had a fantastic turnout for Halloween so, we hope to have a number of homes to judge this holiday season. Given this year is quite a bit different for everyone, it’s a very positive and fun way for people to be involved in their community,” said Heidi Van Antwerp, public relations director.
Another new event is the Luminary Walk through Wilson Park, 350 Wilson Park Dr., being held Saturday, December 19, from 7 – 10 p.m. The half mile walking path through the park will be decorated with luminaries and lights for the season.
“Since we aren’t able to hold our typical Holiday Fest, we’ve come up with something for everyone to enjoy, while being mindful of the current situation. We are still getting in the holiday spirit and want our residents to enjoy the season too,” said Christian Mattingly, parks and recreation director.
The city’s Tree Lighting ceremony will be a virtual event on Facebook Live Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. “Mayor Jeff Sanner will preside over the annual lighting of the tree and we think Santa will pop in to visit with us virtually,” said Heidi Van Antwerp, public relations director.