RIDGEVILLE CORNERS — A Christmas in Ridgeville Home Tour and Holiday Event Weekend is set to bring Christmas spirit to the area Dec. 4-5.
Mary Jo Miller and Amy Wendt are members of the Merry and Bright Committee which is organizing the event.
“I think the holidays being a little bit more subdued over the last year or so because of COVID going on, people were just very anxious to celebrate and we had a lot of community coming together,” Miller said. “We have a great committee, and it’s taken a lot of those people to put this together.
“We have a quaint little town,” she continued. “We just want people to enjoy the Christmas season and it’s just a way to kick that off.”
Home tours had previously been organized before in Ridgeville but it’s been approximately 20 years ago and that was the only event offered. When plans began to develop for the holiday weekend event, the tours were added along with the annual Santa Claus visit to the Ridgeville Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Planned activities for Saturday, Dec. 4 will occur in downtown Ridgeville Corners from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and includes holiday home tours, Christmas carolers by the Archbold Community Theater, a live Christmas tree lot by Sherwood State Bank and the Ridgeville Telephone Co. and Revival Coffee and Tropical Freeze will be set up as well. Horse and carriage rides will start at the Archbold Community Theater building and travel down County Road X and make a loop back. Tickets will be $4 a person. Music will be performed by the Galbraith Clan at Congregation Church, and free-will donations will be accepted. From 6:30-8 p.m. Santa Claus will be at the fire station. Also during that time, a live nativity will be held at Christ Community Church, with volunteers from multiple area churches participating.
On Sunday, a Christmas Village Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ridgeville American Legion.
Individuals attending the home tour will register at the Archbold Community Theater building and receive a packet of information that includes the addresses on the tour. It will be a walking and driving tour so individuals should be prepared, especially in regard to weather. Tickets for the holiday home tour are $30 per person for the standard home tour and $40 per ticket for the enhanced home tour. The enhanced tour ticket includes an unopened bottle of Leisure Time wine upon the conclusion of the home tour. Tickets can be purchased at Salon 1915 in Ridgeville Corners or by emailing Amy Wendt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enhanced tickets need to be purchased by Nov. 22 and standard tickets can be purchased in advance and up through the day of the event as long as tickets remain available.
Proceeds from the home tours are going toward a special lighting project that will be similar to the strings of lights hanging over West Washington Street in Napoleon.
“We just really want Ridgeville to have that hometown feel and just be inviting and ... we’ve loved the way Napoleon’s lights look downtown, they’re strung across there,” Miller said. “We are going to be doing that across the Ridge on County Road X in the downtown.”
Miller said they’re hoping the lights will be installed prior to the event so those attending will be able to view them.
“That will be hopefully able to be lit year round,” Miller said. “We’ve had a lot of businesses donating money back to the event, and we’ve been very blessed and fortunate to have enough money to be able to purchase the lights and get the installation going this year.”
The hope is the weekend will become an annual event.
“We’re very excited about the excitement people in the community have expressed,” Miller said.
Also occurring this year in Ridgeville Township is a Christmas light contest. Individuals must have a Ridgeville Township address to enter, and all entries must be received Nov. 26. Decorating will need to be completed by Dec. 3, with winners announced Dec. 24. Categories include The Great Griswold, In the Eyes of a Child, Most Festive and The Reason for the Season.
“Just show that holiday spirit and the Henry County Chamber (of Commerce) generously donated gift cards for the winners,” Miller said.
Flyers have been posted on Facebook and throughout the town or entry information can be emailed to the email@example.com.