DELPHOS — The City of Delphos is all decked out for the holidays.
Friday night, the Kiwanis Club held its fifth annual Hometown Christmas celebration, complete with a big parade and lots of activities in the downtown.
This year’s organizer is Cindy Metzger, who is also treasurer of the Delphos Kiwanis Club.
“Oh, this is a big deal. We’ve added events every year, it’s grown every year. It’s kind of the culmination of our year, kind of finishes it off,” Metzger said.
The parade wound its way down Main Street and turned onto East Second Street to a nearby parking lot where Santa and Mrs. Claus helped light a Christmas tree. Lines had been forming more than an hour before Santa’s arrival as kids wanted to make sure the man in red got their list.
While Santa was inside his temporary house, Mrs. Claus was reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to kids inside the Dientsberger House, across the street.
The whole downtown was alive with the holiday spirit with people going from door to door, checking out the many activities that the local merchants were hosting.
“We have a number of other businesses and organizations that are involved in and around downtown Delphos,” she said. The Delphos Chamber of Commerce organized their Holiday Trail of Joy where people could get their game sheet stamped at participating locations and enter for a chance to win one of two bicycles.
There were free pony rides, train rides, mini firetruck rides and horse and wagon rides after the parade.
“It’s just our way of saying thank you to the community that supports us all throughout the year in all of our events and fundraisers that we have,” she added.
Inside the Delphos Canal Museum, people could check out the dozens of decorated trees and over at the Delphos Public Library they had their Dickens Christmas Village on display as well as cookie decorating.
Metzger expects the size of the Hometown Christmas Celebration to grow.
“We like to try to add something every year just to keep it new and fresh and bigger and better. It’s become quite a draw from around the community for folks to come in and experience our little parade in downtown Delphos,” she said.
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