Winter in the Wald kicks off at Pleasant Treasures Markets, 4020 Pleasant Ave., from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10 and the event continues on Saturday, December 11 at the Schuler and Benninghofen Woolen Mill Property from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 2K Caroling LindenWalk will begin around 4 p.m. and the walk will continue along Pleasant Avenue and end at Pleasant Treasures Markets, followed by tree lighting between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. After the tree lighting, there will be an outdoor movie, weather permitting, as well as other games and activities in the yard. Prizes will be awarded on the day of the event for “Best Lighting Display”, “Best Christmas Display”, “Best Christmas Singer” and “Worst Christmas Sweater”. The results will be collected through an online survey.
Michael Yater, senior coordinator and organizer of the Winter in the Wald committee, said that with Winter in the Wald, a group of community members and business leaders wanted to do something to bring the Lindenwald community together over the holidays. .
“We hope that by singing in the city, we will make people open their blinds and open their shutters by saying, ‘Oh, what is this? “And we can get more and more people to come with us and enjoy what Lindenwald has to offer,” said Yater.
Winter in the Wald will be in collaboration with Joy to the Wald. Joy to the Wald, Christmas with Santa is a long-running event slated for Saturday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heaven Sent, inside the cafe, 2269 Pleasant Ave. in Hamilton. The event was founded by Debbie Doerflein of Heaven Sent over 22 years ago. The children present will receive a gift, have their photo taken with Santa Claus and when they return a week later, they will be able to collect their photo.
Cookies and hot chocolate will also be served. No prior registration is required. The event is free and open to everyone.
“Twenty-six years ago God just told me to go to Lindenwald and be a light,” said Doerflein, founder of Joy to the Wald, Christmas with Santa. “The children who arrived many years ago are now adults, and they are bringing their children, and that makes my heart happy. “
Doerflein grew up in Lindenwald, then her family moved to Cincinnati for a while, and she came back to adulthood. She currently resides in Fairfield. Doerflein partnered with many individuals, organizations and businesses across the community, such as Walgreens and the Hamilton High Twelve Club, to continue to make the event a success. The event attracted up to 300 children.
“There are so many things that God opens a door to be able to touch a child’s heart,” Doerflein said, “It’s more than just an event for me.”
Community members who wish to donate for Joy to the Wald, Christmas with Santa, can drop off a gift at Heaven Sent until the day before the event, or contact Doerflein. The suggested gift amount is approximately $ 5. Those who wrap the gifts before dropping them off should indicate whether the gift is for a boy or a girl and designate the age group on the outside of the wrapping. Cash donations will also be accepted.
On the day of the event, Doerflein said other businesses in the area like Barger’s Bargains, Kensho Karate and others will participate by handing out candy canes and other free gifts to children.