On Saturday, December 3rd downtown Port Clinton celebrated Community Christmas. Families headed to over 26 businesses that hosted activities like face painting, ornament making, cookie decorating and games. While the kids were busy having fun the adults were able to sample some delicious chili at 16 different businesses during our 2nd Annual Chili Tasting Competition. Families were also able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Our Guest Inn & Suites. Then the crowds headed to 2nd Street where they watched the 2nd Annual Lighted Christmas parade which ended at Adams Street Park for the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Lighted Parade Winners
1st: Immaculate Conception School
2nd: Walleye Madness at Midnight
3rd: Slater’s Madison Street Pub & Camino Custom Upholstery
Thank you to Casey Madison, Dana Bacak-Lynd, and Patty Wandover for judging the parade. Thank you to Judi Halstead for being the parade MC and Dawn Castler for the parade chair!
Chili Tasting Competition Winners
1st: Sew Much More & Gifts Galore
3rd: Sloopy’s Sports Café
Special thanks to Dr. Kevin Francis and his wife Allison for chairing this event!
Window Decorating Contest Winners
1st: Underwood’s Park
2nd: Northern Exposure
Thank you to the Hartung Title Agency, Ohio Telecom, and the Frederick Agency for donating the prizes to the winners!
Gift of Lights
Businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the 2016 Gift of Lights where they will decorate a tree for charity. Businesses and organizations may purchase a tree for a $30 donation. The trees will be located at Adams Street Park in downtown historic Port Clinton. People will vote for their favorite or best-decorated tree for a dollar donation. The proceeds from the 2016 Gift of Lights goes to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep as selected by the 2015 winner (Oliver H Perry Lodge # 341). The donations will determine this year’s winner!
Organizations and businesses may decorate their trees beginning on Friday, November 25. All trees should be completed by Friday, December 2. Voting begins on Saturday, December 3 during Community Christmas. The deadline to vote is Friday, December 16 at 12:00pm.
Businesses and organizations should remove their decorations the week of January 2, 2016.
If you are interested in decorating a tree, please contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503. Please make checks payable to the Port Clinton Recreation Department.