With less than 48 hours until Gahanna’s magical Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration (Sun., November 23), we wanted to share some insider tips that may help to make your evening more enjoyable!
1) Where do I go? All events will be held in Olde Gahanna (between Granville St/ SR 62 and Mill Street), and at the Creekside District. If you’ve never been to the area before and are relying on your GPS to get you there, search the address of the Ohio Herb Education Center (110 Mill St. Gahanna). This attraction sits in the center of the parade route and is across the street from Creekside Plaza—site of the Community Tree Lighting, presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union (6:45 pm).
2) What Can We Do? Some activities start as early as 3 p.m. (refreshments & tours of the Gahanna Historical Settlement), but the majority of family friendly activities run from 5 pm-8 pm. Nearly all activities are FREE! There is a WIDE range of things to see and do, including a Reindeer petting zoo, free kids’ crafts at Art Garden Studio, performances by carolers and the Gahanna Lincoln High School Orchestra, cookie decorating with Young Chef’s Academy, face painting at the Ohio Herb Center, arcade & video games on Town St and much, more. (Too many things to list here!) Go HERE to download a full schedule of the evening’s activities.
3) Where Do I Park? The streets of Olde Gahanna will be closed at 4:50 pm (with the exception of Town St., which closes at 1 pm). There will be no parking along Mill St. after 3 pm. Free parking is available at Friendship Park (150 Oklahoma Ave.), the public parking lot located across the street from the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary (82 N. High St.), Jefferson Elementary School (136 Carpenter Rd.) or Veterans Memorial Park (73 W. Johnstown Rd). Limited street parking may also be available (depending on your arrival time). Additionally, parking in the Creekside garage will be available for $5 per car (until full).
4) Let the Parade Begin! The parade steps off at 6 p.m. at Shull and Granville Streets, then heads west on Granville, continues north on Mill St., then heads east on Walnut St. and south on High St. Wil Trapp of the Columbus Crew will serve as the Grand Marshal! Want to meet Wil? There will be an autograph session with him on the Ciao Vino Restaurant patio following the parade and tree lighting. Bring your folding chairs, blankets, hats and (dare we say it?) …. umbrellas (just in case)! Tip: Stake your spot along the parade route early in the day, so that you can go wander and enjoy the other activities in the district AND have a great parade view.
5) Santa’s BIG Arrival! Santa will be riding a fire truck at the end of the Holiday lights parade, but PLEASE note that he’ll be exiting the parade route in front of Creekside Gahanna to light the Community Tree. So, stake your spot along the parade route accordingly! (If you are seated near the end of the parade, along Walnut or High Streets, you will only see Santa if you wander over to Creekside Plaza for the Tree Lighting.)
6) Kick Off Your Holiday Shopping & Cheer! Many of the shops, businesses and restaurants in the Creekside District will be running event specials. (Be sure to ask.) Come for dinner, shop for gifts and stay for a little post-event cheer!
7) Holiday Glow! Stay warm and bright by buying a glow-in-the-dark necklace, glow stick or hand warmers from wandering “elves.”
8) Stay Connected! Snap lots of pictures and share on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds with the hashtag #GahannaHolidayLights (We’ll be awarding some cool goodies randomly to a few “elves” who share the hashtag!)
Questions? Call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau office: 614/418-9114, see our website www.VisitGahanna.com or follow our Facebook Page (www.Facebook.com/VisitGahanna) for last minute updates.