Hometown Christmas Returns to Downtown Xenia
Xenia’s Hometown Christmas is returning to historic downtown on November 23rd, from 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The event will be presented by the City of Xenia in coordination with the Board for Recreation, Arts and Cultural Activities (BRACA).
Hometown Christmas will feature family holiday fun such as free visits with Santa at the Santa Cottage from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the City Administration Building (107 E. Main Street). Live Christmas music will be performed by the Xenia High School Ensemble, horse and carriage rides ($1 per rider) will be available, food trucks with holiday-themed menus, a station for crafts, a downtown scavenger hunt and coloring contest and an area to write letters to U.S. Air Force Airmen.
Downtown businesses are also participating in the annual ‘Window Wonderland’ competition, which will allow visitors to vote on their favorite festive window decoration.
The fun will culminate at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting of the City’s 18-foot Christmas tree. The Xenia High School Buccaneers football team, who recently completed a remarkable season, will do the honors of lighting the tree. The tree topper was designed and welded by students of the Greene County Career Center.
After Hometown Christmas concludes, visitors are encouraged to visit Shawnee Park, where the famous Xenia Lights show will kick off at dusk. The light show boasts more than 25,000 lights and will play November 23rd through New Year’s. Visitors can tune their radios to 104.1 FM to listen to music that accompanies the show. Xenia Police Chief Randy Person donates his time, talents, and materials for the show.
Hometown Christmas is the kick-off to the holiday shopping season in downtown Xenia. The following weekend is Small Business Saturday, November 30th.