Escape the hustle and bustle of the season and bring history to life with new holiday traditions. The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society and the City of Grove City invite you to celebrate an evening of old-style holiday fun at the Century Village Open House and Christmas Trolley Tour from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. Experience the sights of the holiday season!
Stop by Century Village on your own or ride the trolley from the Grove City Museum & Welcome Center to Century Village and back, passing decorated houses along Park Street and by the Grant Homestead. Century Village, 3899 Orders Road, offers a charming Christmas experience complete with historical buildings adorned with traditional decorations, music, wassail and cookies, and visits with Saint Nick. At the Museum and Welcome Center, 3378 Park St., view a holiday display featuring items from Grove City’s past including a festive model train village. Tours are free, but donations to the Grove City Food Pantry of non-perishable food items are encouraged.
The Grove City Town Center invites visitors to vote for their favorite holiday light display along Park Street. Take a ride in the trolley or drive by to view the homes along Park Street from Elm Street to Haughn Road. Ballots are available at the Grove City Museum & Welcome Center.
While you’re enjoying the Christmas lights in Town Center, stop in to see Santa at Treehouse Play Cafe, 3455 Grove City Road, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Déjà vu Boutique, 3952 Broadway, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Donations of money, food or personal items for the Grove City Food Pantry and of toys and gift cards for the Jackson Township Firefighters for Kids holiday toy program also are accepted at the Grove City Museum & Welcome Center from 4 to 8 p.m. View historical Grove City artifacts including holiday decorations and a festive model train village display. The World of Wonders military exhibit including a few Grove City resident uniforms is on display through mid-December.
The City continues its Christmas tribute to the Nutcracker with an animated window display reminiscent of retail displays from the 1950s depicting fanciful scenes from the classic tale of Clara and the battle between her beloved Nutcracker and the Mouse King at City Hall, 4035 Broadway. The display is open Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.