GREEN Despite temperatures in the 40s and no snow on the ground, the city of Green officially kicked off the holiday season with Christmas at Central Park.
The event featured a wide range of activities for anyone to take part in. There were crafts inside the community building with some help from Green Girl Scout Troop 90109 and KinderCare. Both groups also assisted in stuffing goodie bags for children who visited with Santa.
Santa made a grand entrance on a fire truck as children waved and waited to greet him.
Children and their parents waited patiently in a long line to visit with Santa, but for the children, it was worth the wait to obtain a goodie bag and a photo.
Menches Brothers provided all the refreshments for the second year in a row. John Menches passed out cookies as Becky and Glenn Witsaman poured hot chocolate. The Witsaman’s were recently awarded the Green Volunteer of the Year award.
Mike Aleman, whose mom is part owner of Menches, raced around making sure the refreshments were filled for guests. He said this year they came prepared after running out last year. Aleman has worked at Menches for 14 years and said the Christmas event was going really well.
Kim Goodhart, special events and program coordinator for Green, said the event was going well as the city officials prepared for 700 to 800 people. She said the crowd was a little larger than last year.
New this year was a giant snow globe for families to take a photo in, which was provided by Columbus-based SuperGames. The event also featured train rides and performances from the Green Middle School 8th-grade choir.
Goodhart thanked Green Fire and Menches for being involved. Lowe’s donated several wood structures throughout the park for photo opportunities, along with an inflatable Mickey Mouse.
"They are a great community partner," Goodhart said.
The city hopes to open the ice skating rink in Central Park this winter if temperatures can remain cold enough, something it wasn't able to do a year ago.