‘Christmas in the Square’ returns to Warren Friday

WARREN — “Christmas in the Square” will be “bigger than ever” as the annual event returns Friday to downtown Warren.

According to event organizer Kisha Jackson, last year’s event attracted hundreds to Courthouse Square, while this year, she expects close to 1,500 attendees.

“This year is bigger than ever. We added so much,” said Jackson. “We added extra, extra stuff this year. We have two horse and carriages, and about 46 people lined up for the parade.

“We added so many more activities, too. We really worked on getting the businesses more involved and we’re even closing the street to make it safer for everyone. The whole event is going to be fun.”

In addition to the parade and carriage rides, there will be a pop-up Christmas Market, free hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, trolley rides, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Entertainment scheduled includes a local disc jockey, the Steppin Out Dance Center, the Artistically U Dance Studio, puppet shows, a magician and the Warren G. Harding High School marching band.

Children attending will get to enjoy reindeer games, Jackson said, as well as Santa sack bags and character meet-and-greets with Mickey and Minnie, Olaf, Spiderman, and the Grinch.

Visitors, ages 2-12, also will be able to stop by the Log Cabin to write letters to Santa. A special mailbox will be in front of the building, so the kids can mail their letters. For every letter written, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network. Last year, several thousand dollars benefited children in need, Jackson said.

The night’s festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the holiday parade, while the tree lighting ceremony is to start at 8:15. This year’s parade marshal is Mike Engram, founder of Game Changers. Marvin Logan is master of ceremonies.

Christmas on the Square, scheduled 5 to 9 p.m., is free to attend.