Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be making a stop at Stow City Hall this holiday season.
According to Mayor Sara Drew, the city's annual Winter Wonderland will not take place this year. However, city hall property will be ablaze with holiday lights, expected to go up the first week of December, weather permitting.
Limited resources and the number of opportunities for holiday celebrations at other sites led to the decision for 2012, Drew said.
"We feel a responsibility to provide programming not always available at other venues," Drew noted.
The Winter Wonderland began with the city offering visits with Santa, maybe as many as 20 years ago when there weren't such opportunities, Drew said. Past years have seen the event include reindeer races, toys and games, crafts, entertainment, light refreshments and a sleigh ride to view the holiday lights around the city center complex.
Linda Nahrstedt, the city's parks and recreation director, estimated about 200 people attended last year's event.
"We wanted to add some variety, some diversity," she said. "We want to offer programs for families to fill in the gaps (where there aren't programs)."
The city plans to add some type of "spring fling" next year to the city's offerings. Exact dates and specifics on activities are still being worked on, Nahrstedt said, but it's thought a "bunny" will play a definite part.
Drew said some new offerings have included this year's trick-or-treat at city hall and additions to Labor Day weekend's Sunset Blast.
"We want to offer lots of variety for families to do," she added.
And for those marking their calendars for 2013, the mayor has set the city's trick-or-treat for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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