Santa will still arrive in Delphos on a fire truck on Dec. 4 for the eighth annual Kiwanis Hometown Christmas but he will hold council at Stadium Park in a drive-through visitation. (DHI Media file photo)
Santa will still arrive in Delphos on a fire truck on Dec. 4 for the eighth annual Kiwanis Hometown Christmas but he will hold council at Stadium Park in a drive-through visitation. (DHI Media file photo)
DELPHOS — This year’s Kiwanis Hometown Christmas will have a different look and location due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The eighth annual event will be held at Dec. 4 at Stadium Park — drive-through style. Everyone attending is asked to remain in their vehicles during the event.

“We felt it was important to provide the community with some semblance of things from the recent past like Santa,” event coordinator Cindy Metzger said. “Due to the increased numbers of the virus in the state and community, we felt we had to evaluate it. This is the only way we can control the crowds and keep people social distanced and healthy.”

The Santa procession will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth and Jefferson streets and travel north on Jefferson to the park and in and around the park, where Santa will take his place at the Hanser Pavilion. People who would like to watch the procession are asked to park in the parking spots at the park near the playground and football field and around the park in single file to the side of the road and remain in their vehicles. People can also park along Jefferson Street.

Businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to participate in the procession should meet at Jefferson Middle School parking lot at the corner of Third and Clay streets by 6 p.m.

Once Santa is at the pavilion, the official Christmas tree will be lit and cars can then proceed around the park to see Santa from the safety of their vehicles. Vehicles can stop briefly at the pavilion to talk to Santa and drop off their letters. Kiwanis members will hand out a goodie bag for each child as the vehicle leaves the park. Anyone who would like to contribute to the goodie bags should contact Metzger at Premier Bank.

Costumed characters will roaming the park to wave to the kids from a safe social distance.

The Kiwanis are also asking community businesses and individuals to help light up the park for the night with Christmas decorations. Those who would like to participate are asked to claim an area to decorate with lights and decorations near the road that leads around the park. Electricity will not be provided so portable generators are recommended for power.