Christmas in the park planned

EAST PALESTINE – Santa Claus is coming to town and this time he’s stopping at Village Park.

Christmas in the Park, a new event organized by the Rotary Club in partnership with the village will begin Dec. 6.

Rotary Vice President Sonia Early said she wanted to create an event that would build the community and get people involved.

“I wanted to come up with something that could bring money back into the Rotary, which goes right back into the community, and I thought what better way than to do a Christmas in the park?” she said.

The donation only event will run from 6-9 p.m. every Friday through Sunday in December and feature lighted or decorated trees or displays throughout the park from area businesses, organizations and individuals.

Children are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa, who will be at the park Dec. 7-8 and 20-21 at the pavilion on the hill near the Boy Scout cabin.

There will be a charge for the pictures but cookies and milk will be available at no cost, Early said.

The Rotary will also be selling hot chocolate and hot dogs at the concession stand.

A live Nativity scene including animals will be featured Dec. 13-15, and live music will be performed every weekend by Jeannie Arnoto, who will raise money for the Humane Society of Columbiana County.

“We just want people to come out and participate and enjoy it,” Early said.

The event will be held rain or shine, she added, and a fireplace is available in the pavilion for anyone wanting to get out of the cold.

The Rotary is still inviting anyone who is interested in featuring a display in the park to contact Early at 330-921-1432. Space for the displays is available at no cost and will remain at the park throughout the month.

Volunteers for helping with Santa, baking cookies, or even donating used Christmas decorations are also encouraged to contact Early.

“Please help us make this event a success by getting involved and showing your pride in our community, if not for the community then do it for the children of East Palestine and surrounding areas,” the Rotary Club said in a statement.