Before Santa arrives, each child will receive a wristband with jingle bells they can ring to welcome him. There also will be face painting and tattoos; balloon artists; a photo booth; crafts table and ornament sales.
US Bank and AllWealth Federal Credit Union will provide the refreshments, cookies and hot chocolate, and there also will be food trucks.
Elementary students will sing from 5:30-6 p.m. at the RiversEdge stage. Ohio Magazine will present an award to officials for Hamilton being named one of the state’s “Best Hometowns” for 2019, along with Fremont, Gallipolis, Hartville and Newark.
“We’re excited to be celebrating and kicking off the holiday season,” Fiehrer said.
Some were disappointed that the tree lighting was moved last year from the historic county courthouse downtown to Marcum Park, which city officials are working to make the city’s front lawn.
According to the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays schedule posted on Facebook, the elementary singing will happen from 5:30-6 p.m. and the tree lighting will happen at 6:15 p.m., with Santa in the ballroom and the band on the balcony from 6:30 p.m.