Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration

Posted by Becky Whittington on November 3, 2014

GAHANNA, Ohio – The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau today unveiled a new way to celebrate a classic tradition with the formal announcement of the 2014 Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration.

The popular parade and tree lighting ceremony will now take place in one event on Sunday, Nov. 23. Laurie Jadwin, executive director, Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the date was picked to accommodate families and bring the community together in a new way. Jadwin said families can enjoy expanded offerings before and after the parade with carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, food and holiday activities, along with the familiar floats and faces fans expect from a holiday parade.

“The Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration will be a larger community celebration that officially kicks off the holiday season in Gahanna. Ongoing holiday events over the next six weeks will make Gahanna THE holiday spot for families across Ohio,” said Jadwin.

While the traditions are timeless, the parade route will be new. The parade will now start at Shull and Granville, then head west on Granville, north on Mill, east on Walnut and south on High.

“While we will have a fewer number of entries in the parade, they will be focused on entertaining floats – and as the name suggests, they’ll be lit with thousands of lights,” said Jadwin. “Once again, Santa will bring up the rear of the parade, but this year he will go directly to the tree lighting at Creekside Plaza, where he will lead the crowd in lighting the community tree and then meet up with other costumed characters for a ‘Holiday Character Meet and Greet’ for kids of all ages.”

Light up necklaces will also be on sale for just $1 to add to the festive atmosphere.

The celebration will start in downtown Gahanna at 5 pm. The parade will begin at 6 pm. The tree lighting will occur at 6:30 pm. Local Gahanna businesses will remain open Sunday with specials for holiday shoppers.

“With all of the different activities happening, we are hoping people will make an evening of it – enjoy the Parade and Tree Lighting and also stop in our great local businesses for specials and unique holiday gifts,” said Jadwin.

The holiday spirit will continue to shine every Saturday throughout the holiday season, with specials aimed to help families celebrate the spirit of the season in downtown Gahanna. A few key dates to remember:

  • Saturday Dec. 6. The Santa Holiday 5K Run will feature Little Reindeer Dashes for kids and prizes for best holiday costumes
  • Saturday Dec. 13. The Holiday Character Breakfast presented by Giant Eagle will feature legendary holiday characters, crafts, face painting, storytelling and a pancake breakfast served up by Chris Cakes.

Every Saturday will also feature visits with Santa at the Ohio Herb Education Center, arts and crafts at The Art Garden Studio, and special deals from downtown Gahanna businesses. Several local establishments also will feature live holiday music from members of the Gahanna Lincoln High School Orchestra program. The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau funds the Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration entirely through the partnership support of local businesses.

Throughout December, several Gahanna businesses will take part in “Holiday Business Bingo.” Shoppers can get a card from the Dec. 4 ThisWeek, at participating businesses, at the Bureau’s website, For each coupon redeemed, shoppers get a stamp on the card. A completed “bingo” gets shoppers entered into a raffle that includes local prizes and a new television.

“The Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration was a total team effort from the city, local businesses and families,” said Jadwin. “We have a truly unique way to help families smile, shop and celebrate for six whole weeks. The holidays can’t come soon enough.”

The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) is a 501(c) (6) non-profit organization funded by a local hotel tax whose mission is to promote Gahanna as a vibrant visitor destination by connecting the people and places of our community which contributes to economic prosperity. The GCVB annually presents the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival and Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration, which are funded through partnership support.

CONTACT:           Sarah Irvin Clark 614-296-4057 or Michele Mooney 614-620-1507

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