Welcome the holiday season at the annual Winter Wonderland Lighting Celebration Nov. 18 on the Commons, corner of Pearl and Royalton roads (Routes 42 and 82).
The fun starts at 5:50 p.m. when Mayor Tom Perciak lights up the Commons, clock tower, gazebo and giant Christmas tree with thousands of twinkling lights.
That's followed by a spectacular holiday fireworks show, then Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to greet children in their Crystal Palace.
Guests can ride the Wonderland Express train or a horse-drawn carriage to Santa's Village of Lights at Freedom Trail; enjoy free hot cocoa and snacks, see live reindeer and meet costumed characters, including (new this year) Batman and Spider-Man. The Toy Soldier will return this year to mingle with visitors.
There will be holiday projections on the Old Town Hall, and you might notice the lights on the clock tower are new and brighter this year.
Next door, the Historical Village will also be decked out for the season and will participate in the celebration. The Holiday Shop in the Lathrop House and the Olds General Store will both be open during the event.
The popular event is made possibly by donations from local businesses, civic groups and individuals.