The village of Sunbury’s “Christmas on the Square” celebration, held Saturday evening, drew a large crowd.
The 34th annual holiday season kick-off event was held in seasonably cold but dry weather that encouraged folks to visit vendors and businesses on and around historic village square, long after the lighted parade and traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
“We had an enthusiastic crowd show up for the parade and, as always, visits with Santa had them lined up out the door,” said Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield near the end of the evening. “I don’t think we could have asked for better weather.”
The evening included visits with Santa, a Christmas craft & gift fair, a holiday open house for local merchants around Sunbury Village Square, ice sculptures and a doughnut-eating contest.
Sunbury Lion Don Lettie said the Lions Club’s Christmas tree sale on the square did a brisk business.
NBC4’s Today Weekend Edition anchors Mindy Drayer and Harrison Hove served as parade announcers.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola, who was the Christmas parade’s grand marshal, can be reached at 614-266-6093.