Stow doesn’t need snow to make its – which starts at 6 tonight – a fun, festive event for children and adults alike.
Sponsored by , the annual event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at and the adjacent .
The City Center Complex is decked out in holiday lights to welcome visitors. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance at the safety building, where professional photos will be available for $6 each.
Free “sleigh rides” will transport guests between the two city buildings.
Children who are too shy (or afraid!) to meet one-on-one with Santa can drop their Christmas wish lists into , which is located just outside City Hall.
Karen Fritschel, in her eighth and final year as Stow’s mayor, said she loves attending the annual holiday celebration.
“It’s really a wonderful, fun-filled event for little kids. They really, really enjoy it,” Fritschel said. “And I enjoy seeing the kids’ smiles and the parents taking pictures.”
The event will feature “reindeer races,” toys, games, craft activities and face painting. Cookies and cocoa will be served.
The “Singing Cardinals,” a choir of fourth graders from , will perform.
Fritschel said she recalls other years when there was no snow during the celebration – but it never makes a difference to attendees.
“We always get a really good turnout, with the biggest attraction being Santa,” she said. “We used to hold it outdoors, but usually it's pretty cold.”
This is the second year Santa will set up shop in the safety building.
“Since Santa is the most popular part of the event, we get a line backed up and it interferes with other activities,” Fritschel explained.
For more information call the parks and rec office at 330-689-5100.