By Sarah Shurge – As the last of the leaves tumble down from the trees and the temperature begins to lower, fall begins to fade and winter quickly approaches. With the arrival of winter means the arrival of the holiday season.
If you and your family are looking for a night of good holiday fun, an event is coming up just for you. Mark your calendars because Wayne’s annual Holiday Night at the museum will be Friday, December 2nd, at the Wayne Historical Society on 1 Towne Square St. The event will start at 6 p.m. and will go until 8:30 p.m.
Santa will arrive in the back of a fire truck and the Mayor of Wayne will present him with a key to the city. Mrs. Claus will also attend, as well as other holiday characters.
“Last year, we had someone from our church dressed up as Buddy the Elf and he stole the show,” said Seth McDonald, pastor at Hillcrest Bible Church.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside the museum where they will take photos with the kids and hand out gifts to every child.
Aside from the tree lighting, the night will be filled with activities for the whole family.
The event will have craft projects, along with carnival games in the parking lots. Candy and prizes will be available for the kids.
This year there will be a holiday gift market where handmade gifts can be bought. You can also enjoy a hayride around the block.
The Wayne Memorial Zebra Marching Band will play, four choirs will sing, and there will be a DJ.
“Last year was the best year so far. We added a bunch of new things and we’re keeping the best of it for this year,” said Tyler Moll, Wayne Historical Society curator. “We’re hoping to make this the biggest and best year yet.”
A meeting is being held towards the beginning of November to finalize all of the event details.
The Wayne Historical Society is hoping to have circus performers again, as well as two ice sculptors. The sculptors will have finished ice sculpture on display and will do livecarvings through the night.
Several food trucks will also be at the event and Hillcrest Bible Church will provide cookies and refreshments (milk and hot chocolate).
This is the sixth year in a row the Wayne Historical Society has planned Holiday Night. Hillcrest Bible Church has helped with the event for five of those years and provides the toys Santa gives to the children.
“It’s a great night for the city to come together and be a community,” said Pastor McDonald.
“Each year it’s growing and growing. It doesn’t matter your background or ethnicity, we just have a good time.”
The event is currently sponsored by the City of Wayne Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Wayne Historical Society, Hillcrest Bible Church, Scotties Potties, and the City of Wayne Department of Public Works (DPW).