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Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered to residents at the event.

BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | December 04, 2013

The Meet in the Center Merchant’s Association hosts several events throughout the year. As the group’s Fall Fest attracts many residents each year, its Light Up the Center holiday event is not only a big community attraction, it’s a way of the Clarence Center businesses to give back to customers.

Deb Tangelder, owner of the Perfect Gift and the Perfect Gift Boutique said this event is a great holiday event and a way of business owners to say, “Happy holidays and thanks for the support throughout the year.”

She added, “This year’s event is going to be even more special and fun.”

This year, the group of business owners has added a holiday theme to the event, Whoville.

Tangelder said families are encouraged to dress up in their best Whoville costumers and participate in a costume contest that will take place at the Bank of Akron. There will even be a visit from the Grinch for the center’s tree lighting.

Light Up the Center invites families to come to the four corners of Clarence Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 to enjoy the many holiday activities taking place.

Throughout the afternoon, Santa will be visiting the businesses that belong to the merchant’s association.

Guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt to “Find the Snowman.” They will travel to each participating location and can receive a treat. A stamp from each location will then enter participants in to win a grand prize, which is valued at more than $250 in products from the local businesses.

Families can also enjoy free rides on a horse-drawn carriage that will travel throughout the historic hamlet of Clarence Center.

There will also be ice carvings, hot chocolate and other individual events at different locations. Children can also stop by the Bank of Akron to write and send a letter to Santa.

“It’s a wonderful hometown tradition that [residents] are not going to be able to get in a busy shopping strip, mall or plaza, but they can take home a memory that they’ll always have,” said Tangelder.

The lighting of the center’s tree will take place at 3:30 p.m. and the winner of the Whoville costume contest will also be announced at that time.

Along with the activities taking place, some participating business will also be accepting donations for local organizations and charities. The businesses that will be participating in this will be the Perfect Gift, Clarence Center Coffee Company, Gertie’s, Yours Truly, Hen House II, Clarence Center Pizza Company and Creative Essence.

Tangelder said this event is a great way for families to get into the holiday spirit and to celebrate what the holidays are all about.

“We’re able to offer memories that will last and make the spirit of giving, enjoyable like it used to be,” she said. “Hopefully people can walk away feeling that way.”

For more information about Light Up the Center, or to follow the Meet in the Center Merchant’s Association’s other upcoming events, find the group on Facebook at Clarence Center: Meet in the Center.

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