The 15th annual Hometown Holidays was a huge success with people lining the streets for the parade, kids lined up to visit with Santa and stores full of holiday shoppers.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived into town on a fire truck escorted by the police, dancers, the high school marching band and the Show Choir.

Santa and Mrs. Claus spent the morning at Santa’s Stop while Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Marshall from Paw Patrol and Poppy from Trolls posed for pictures with kids in Santa’s Workshop.

There were kids crafts at both Santa’s Stop and the library, the Historical Society took orders for fudge, the Methodist Church sold cookies and Christmas Lane was open with holiday displays.

The New London Community Club organizes Hometown Holidays each year with the help of the fire and police departments, Firelands Ambulance Service, the village workers and everyone else who pitches in to make the day a success.


The library continues the holiday spirit with Elf on the Shelf activities for kids 12 years old and younger through Dec. 22 and adult paper craft ornaments as long as supplies last. Open Wii and board games will be available in the meeting room from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8.


The New London Unit of the Salvation Army is collecting food and supermarket gift certificates for its annual Christmas food basket giveaway. These items are needed by Dec. 12 and can be dropped off at 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Volunteers can schedule times to ring the kettle bells by calling Carol at 419-565-3642.