SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Because residents can’t come to see Santa Claus at South Euclid city hall this year, Santa will come to the residents.
The city, as a way of bringing holiday cheer to residents, will hold its first “South Euclid Holiday Parade” from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. “We’ve mapped out a route throughout the city we think will reach the majority of residents,” said Community Development Coordinator Daniel Subwick. “Santa Claus and a couple of his holiday pals in costume will be going down many of our streets and they will be passing out gifts to residents as they pass by. There will be a special treat for the first 100 residents.
“The parade will be going through most neighborhoods in the city, but we’re not able to go down every street.”
Subwick said that residents, as the Santa parade passes, are asked to follow safety measures, including social distancing, as they gather on sidewalks.
“We want to thank the police department for providing an escort, and the fire department for the truck that will be participating in the parade. Mayor (Georgine) Welo intends to be part of the parade.”
The city, since 2013, has annually held a holiday lighting event outside city hall, featuring singers, live reindeer, a visit from Santa, and more.
“We weren’t able to have an outdoor event this year (because of the pandemic), so we turned on the (holiday) lights at city hall on Monday (Nov. 30),” Subwick said. “City hall is now lit up, so residents can stop by and, if they’d like, takes photos.”
Subwick said that the parade’s route will soon be posted on the city’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
“It should be a fun event, come rain or shine,” Subwick said. “Santa will be here to keep alive the holiday spirit.”
The city of Lyndhurst will hold its annual lighting ceremony and food drive from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 4 behind city hall, 5301 Mayfield Road, in Lyndhurst Park.
A “Candy Cane Lane” has been set up in the park that will feature a visit from Santa Claus, who will be stationed at the park’s gazebo. Visitors are invited to take a photo in front of Santa, but should remember to remain properly distanced. Candy Cane Lane will remain open to visitors throughout the holiday season.
Those attending the lighting event are also invited to the Lyndhurst Community Center patio, at 1341 Parkview Drive, located at the northern end of the park, for hot chocolate and individually wrapped cookies.
During the lighting event, the Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 71762 will continue its holiday food drive benefitting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The goal is to reach 1,000 pounds of donated food. Among items sought are sweets, including candy, pudding mix, cookies and cake mixes; stuffing mix; canned cranberry sauce; packets of chicken or turkey gravy mix; and canned sweet potatoes or yams.
Donations can be made, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, in the drop box in the city hall lobby.
Santa will be making his way down the streets of Mayfield Heights to greet the city’s families on Dec. 12. Details are forthcoming. To check for updates, visit the city’s website.
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