Santa will arrive in Delphos on Friday during Hometown Christmas with the help of the Delphos Kiwanis Club. (DHI Media/file photo)
Santa will arrive in Delphos on Friday during Hometown Christmas with the help of the Delphos Kiwanis Club. (DHI Media/file photo)
DELPHOS — The holidays are fast approaching and one of the kick-off events in Delphos will be the annual Kiwanis Hometown Christmas.

The downtown activities and entertainment are fully sponsored by the Kiwanis as a way of saying “thank you” to the businesses and individuals in the community for supporting the club throughout the year at its various fundraisers and projects.

“Hometown Christmas has become one of our favorite events of the year,” Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Metzger said. “The night is all about family and kids of our community. The whole community can come together and celebrate the Christmas season.”

The Delphos Canal Commission will serve up their delicious Ham and Bean Supper in front of the museum on Main Street beginning at 5 p.m. for only $4 a dinner. The Canal Commission Museum will also be open for the annual Christmas Tree Festival until 8 p.m.

The Delphos Public Library will also start their events at 5 p.m. with sugar cookie decorating and the Dicken’s Christmas Village on display.

Entertainment and activities downtown will start at 6 p.m. Costumed characters will be on hand for photos and interaction with the crowd.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be welcomed to town atop a fire truck with a parade starting at 6:30 p.m. from the Delphos Herald parking lot, proceeding down Main Street and ending at Santa’s house in front of the First Financial Drive through on Second Street. All are welcome to participate in the parade. Line up is at 6:15 p.m. in the Delphos Herald Parking lot near Main and Fourth streets.

Santa will light the official Christmas Tree at his house at the end of the parade and begin to see children to learn their Christmas wishes. Santa will be available until every child has been seen.

Mrs. Claus will head in to the First Financial Bank lobby for storytime.

“I can remember coming to see the Santa Parade as a family when I was just a child,” Metzger said. “Great memories are being made during Hometown Christmas that will last a lifetime.”

Free refreshments, including hot dogs and hot chocolate near Santa’s House and Santa will have his sleigh and one of his reindeer for the kids to see. Parents and grandparents are urged to bring their cameras to take pictures with Santa, the reindeer and sleigh and one of the many costumed characters, including the Grinch, Elf, Elsa and Ana, Princess Poppy, Olaf, Jessie and Woody from Toy Story and Brutus Buckeye.

Free horse and wagon rides, pony rides, train rides and paddy wagon rides will be available beginning after the parade and Schrader Realty will offer Santa’s workshop with Letters to Santa at he Kenkade Building at 212 N. Main St. from 6:30-8 p.m.

Lavish Salon and Spa will “Light Up Christmas” with carnival games and gizmos; at Westwood Behavioral Center, children can decorate Santa hats and enjoy mini holiday cupcakes and Grinch punch; At Home Realty will have pictures with their reindeer, cookies and candy canes; The Grind will have free hot chocolate and cookies until 8 p.m.; H&R Block will have hot apple cider; the Thrift Shop will offer face-painting; and head to Dick Clark Realty for Reindeer Games, prizes and popcorn.

The Fire Department will offer a bunge run and popcorn and the Police Department will serve cookies and punch.

Kids can sign up to win one of two bicycle sponsored by the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce in front of Lehmann’s Furniture.

Cross off people on your Christmas list with a pool pass from the Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool. Passes will be on sale for $35 at the municipal building from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and from 6-7 p.m. at the fire station during Hometown Christmas. Regular price is $40. Resident can also get a look at the Safe Routes to School Transportation Plan.

Activities will wrap up around 8:30 p.m. unless children are still waiting to see Santa or to ride in the horse-drawn wagon.

“The community has given the Kiwanis so much support. This is just our way of saying ‘thank you’,” Metzger concluded.

Additional hours to see Santa include 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18. Letters can be dropped off any time at the Santa House in the special Santa mail slot.