MANSFIELD -- It only took a second to light up the Christmas tree at the corner of Main and Fourth Street, but the festivities at Downtown Mansfield’s Christmas Time in City celebration provided hours of fun for local families.
Long after the most of the crowds had vanished, the Easterling family stayed. Three-year-old Henry was a burst of energy, twirling and hopping and flailing his arms as his younger brother Ivan danced alongside him.
Their mother Sarah watched with a smile, their little brother Leo strapped to her chest. The youngest Easterling was fast asleep, oblivious the holiday celebration taking place around him.
“They love the reindeer, Santa, the carrousels. They love the countdown to light the tree,” she said.
The celebration kicked off at dusk with performances by the Richland School for Academic Arts’ choir and Miss Ohio 2019 Caroline Grace Williams. Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker took the stage just before 6 p.m. to lead the countdown. The event also featured live reindeer, carriage rides and complimentary hot chocolate.
This is the Easterling's second year attending the tree lighting ceremony, but it’s already becoming a beloved tradition.
“I think it brings you closer together as a community,” said Easterling. “It helps you meet people and starting the Christmas season everyone’s super nice and super happy so it makes for a really great time.”