Mayor Bailey will light the Loveland Community Christmas Tree Saturday evening, December 4

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (December 2, 2021) – It’s an old tradition made new again this Saturday, December 4, when Loveland Mayor Kathy Bailey flips the switch to for the Community Christmas Tree Lighting.

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree is a tradition in towns and villages all across the world (Chuck Gibson File)

Friends this is going to be more than a ceremonial lighting of a community Christmas Tree. Several local businesses got behind the idea of Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Chief Otto Huber to have a fun-filled day of activities leading up to the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. The organizing of the city even has been spearheaded by Vickie Larcomb of Trailside Provisions with the help of other local shopkeepers at Alley Boutique, Haven Gray and Blume. They’ve all been meeting up and coming up with ideas, making packages for under the tree – everyone contributed in some way.

“It was really Chief Huber’s idea and we tried to make it work last year, but it was too late,” said Larcomb. “There needs to be a town Christmas tree, so we created a little event along here (Jackson Street Market).”

Activities for the “Deck the Halls” Christmas tree lighting event will be set up all along Jackson Street Market from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, December 4, in Loveland. There will be Christmas-themed events for kids and adults to enjoy while anticipating the lighting of the tree at 7 p.m. by the mayor.

“They can write letters to Santa, make an ornament, or make an elf bracelet,” Larcomb said. “Up front there will be arts & crafts vendors. There will be photo-op spots around. One is at the top of the Jackson Street Market Alley. We’re actually taking a tent, decorating inside, we’ve got snow-blowing machines so the kids can walk through the snow.”

Another of the photo-op spots says Larcomb is a “vintage Christmas truck” which will arrive at 6:00 p.m. It will be decorated for families to take pictures. Visitors can also help support the “Toys for Tots” campaign by donating a new unwrapped toy to help fill the “Stuff-a-Cruiser” toy drive during the event. Of course there will be live performances by local groups too.

“We’ve got a Girl Scout troop coming, and choir from the high school and a violin group will be performing off and on,” said Larcomb. “Live characters, the elves will be around all afternoon to take pictures and interact with the people.”

The Merry Elves will be available for photos and caroling with the crowd throughout the afternoon. Food trucks from Smokin Inferno BBQ and Tom’s Travelin’ Coffee will be on hand throughout the afternoon too. Of course you can get some Christmas shopping done at the shops of Brown’s Crossing like Alley Boutique, Haven Grey. Blume and Larcomb’s Trailside Provisions until 7 p.m. The activities and excitement all comes to a crescendo with the lighting of the tree.

The Loveland Community Christmas Tree near the RR Crossing on the Jackson Street Market section of the trail. (Chuck Gibson)

“Around 7 p.m., we’ll gather the people in the Jackson Street Market area outside Trailside Provisions,” Larcomb said. “We’ll have caroling sheets so everyone can sing Christmas Carols. Randi Rico will be here to introduce our mayor. Right after that Mayor Bailey will flip the switch to turn on the lights. We’ll have fireworks following.”

The Community Christmas tree is located down the trail Jackson Street Market pathway across from the Loveland Valentine Ladies wall near the fence where the railroad tracks cross the trial. Fireworks will be displayed by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Afterward the food trucks will be around for people to grab some barbecue, coffee and hot chocolate, wings and some desserts to celebrate the season.

“We just want people to wander around, shop and have some fun,” said Larcomb. “Light that tree! It can be seen from all around Loveland.” 

What: Loveland Community Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 4-8 p.m.

Where: The Jackson Street Market at Historic Downtown Loveland, OH

  • Holiday entertainment 4-8 p.m.
  • Lighting of the Christmas Tree by Loveland Mayor Kathy Bailey 7 p.m.
  • Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display following the lighting of the tree

CLICK HERE to see details on the Lovin Life Loveland city webpage