Hometown Christmas and Parade Set for Friday Evening

Downtown Bellefontaine is hosting the long-awaited annual Hometown Christmas parade, this Friday, and it looks like it’s going to be a great evening.

Pre-parade activities will kick off at 4 pm and scattered throughout the downtown area with your passport.

Passports can be picked up, FREE of charge, at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce from 4-5 PM, while supplies last.

Addy Passaro, President of the Downtown Bellefontaine Partnership talks about the event:

With your passport, you can:

  • Write a letter to Santa at Richwood Bank
  • Craft an ornament at The Marketplace
  • Decorate a cookie at Relax Nail Bar
  • Savor hot chocolate from Sweet Aromas
  • Create Reindeer Food with Aurora Wealth Advisors
  • Snag a cookie from City Sweets
  • Get a temporary tattoo or pair of gloves from Fathom Reality
  • Take a ride on Grandpa’s Train,
  • Pick up your glow stick for the parade from Four Acre Clothing

Don’t miss the scavenger hunt on the other side of your passport.

Find 15 Christmas items scattered around downtown and turn them into Candy Craze for a treat.

The parade, departing from the fairgrounds and heading downtown on Main Street, begins at 6 pm, so be sure to arrive early to secure your prime viewing spot.

While anticipating the parade’s start, indulge in delectable treats from fantastic food trucks and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere.

Participating Food Trucks:

  • Freyhof’s Funnel Cakes
  • The Flying Pepper
  • R Smokehouse
  • Pig in the Pickle
  • Fork in the Road
  • Hall’s Kettle Corn
  • Where There’s Smoke
  • Smokin Bandits
  • Vic’s Country Cooking

And, of course, keep an eye out for Santa Claus himself, making his grand entrance to spread holiday cheer concluding the parade.

Afterward, stop by The Photo Booth to get a photo with Santa.

Andrea Wrocklage, Incoming President of the Downtown Bellefontaine Partnership, talks about why you should join in the downtown festivities:

Attendees are asked to please keep a close eye on their children and keep all city streets clear during the parade.

Many of the moving vehicles are large and may not be able to see small children if they are in the roadway.

If you can’t make it out to the parade, you can watch it live HERE.

Downtown roads are set to close early for the event.

East Columbus Avenue and Court Street will close Friday at 1 PM & Main Street and West Columbus Street close at 3 PM.

Vehicles left downtown after those times are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Roadways will reopen at approximately 9 PM.