Santa Claus in a sleigh

Santa Claus will be part of the Dec. 2 Dutchtown Hometown Christmas program.

NEW WASHINGTON -- The community of New Washington is excited to hold the first Dutchtown Hometown Christmas, featuring a tree lighting at the village gazebo and the arrival of Santa on a fire truck, on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm (with a rain date of Dec. 3).

This inaugural event will include carolers, children’s activities, refreshments, and more.

Following the tree lighting at the gazebo, Santa will arrive in style aboard the village's new state-of-the- art Engine 2, thanks to the New Washington Volunteer Fire Department.

Children will have a chance to mail their letters and lists via our North Pole Express mailbox, but to make sure everyone stays healthy, Santa will visit with the kids from a distance. A selfie station will be available for photographs and activities for children are being planned. Cookies and cocoa will be served across the street in the Knights of Columbus Hall, and the Fire Department will be passing out popcorn.

The New Washington Town Band will perform and the Buckeye Central High School Senior Choir will be caroling on the sidewalks.

Everyone is welcome. Please come home to New Washington for the holidays and enjoy a Dutchtown Hometown Christmas! Follow Dutchtown Hometown Christmas on Facebook for additional event updates and message us there with any questions.

"We ask that you avoid parking on the main streets for the event," organizers stated. "Please use the lot at St. John’s Lutheran Church (203 E Mansfield Street) or the town lot in the alley behind Village Hall."

The event organizers are grateful for the assistance and donations received from local supporters, including the Village of New Washington, the Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Kenny family, Knights of Columbus Council 1718, United Way of North Central Ohio, Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 405, Crestline Public Library, Friedley & Co. Agency Inc., Hartschuh Veterinary Services, First Federal Community Bank, Civista Bank, Chris Seibert, Buckeyes & Bluegrass Antiques and Crafts, McCarthy Family Rentals, Mickey Mart, Pete’s Café, Edwin Schneider, and Walter Farms/Pifher Trucking.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available to help offset the cost of the event.

Sponsorships will help purchase the lighting and decor for the gazebo as well as additional lighting for village streetlights, and will fund a foundation from which the event can expand and become an annual village attraction. Sponsorship information is available on Facebook at Dutchtown Hometown Christmas.

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