In a fitting culmination of the Bicentennial celebrations in Miamisburg, a wave of nostalgia is set to sweep over long-time residents of the city.
On December 8th, the City, Bicentennial Committee, and Miamisburg Merchants Association will unite to host the annual Community Holiday Celebration, rekindling a cherished Christmas tradition that is bound to evoke cherished memories.
For years, the local holiday festivities included a visit from Santa Claus to the former fire station on Central Avenue. Santa would make a grand entrance atop a fire truck, warmly greet the children at the station, and share the joy of Christmas candy and a simple orange. In honor of Miamisburg's Bicentennial, this heartwarming event will be resurrected for a new generation at the fire station located on First Street, adjacent to the Civic Center. Santa's arrival is scheduled for approximately 3 p.m., right after the conclusion of the annual holiday parade.
Mayor Dick Church, Jr. expressed, "We wanted to conclude the Bicentennial in a truly special manner, and bringing back Santa's visit at the fire station was the perfect way to pay homage to our community's rich history. We extend a warm invitation to everyone to partake in this extraordinary celebration and engage in one of Miamisburg's time-honored traditions."
Adding to the day's festivities, residents will be treated to a holiday concert by Alexis Gomez, a finalist from American Idol, at 7 p.m. The location of the concert, whether at Riverfront Park or the Memorial Auditorium on Sixth Street, will be determined based on the weather conditions.
The day's comprehensive schedule includes:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Home Party & Holiday Bazaar at Miamisburg Community Center
1 to 9 p.m.: Glice (artificial ice) open skate at Riverfront Park
2:30 p.m.: Parade along Central Avenue from Sixth Street to Riverfront Park
3 to 5 p.m.: Holiday-themed activities at Baum Opera House and Miamisburg Community Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at Fire Station on First Street, offering horse-drawn carriage rides from Baum Opera House, Fire Station, and Miamisburg Community Center.
5 to 8 p.m.: Carolers, magicians, jugglers, and musicians in Riverfront Park and along Main Street
6 p.m.: Mayor’s tree-lighting ceremony in Riverfront Park
6 to 10 p.m.: Luminary Walk in Veterans Memorial Park (also scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7)
7 p.m.: Alexis Gomez concert in Riverfront Park or Memorial Auditorium, contingent upon the weather.
This event promises to be a heartwarming blend of tradition and holiday cheer, serving as a memorable conclusion to Miamisburg's Bicentennial year.