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Broadview Heights will celebrate the holidays with community party

Posted: November 17, 2017

by Stacia Naoum

 

Holiday festivities return to Broadview Heights on Saturday, Dec. 2, when the city will hold its annual community holiday party and tree-lighting ceremony at the Broadview Heights Community Building, 9543 Broadview Rd. 

 

Attendees should use the back entrance of the Community Building this year due to construction from the recreation center expansion.

 

Mayor Sam Alai will kick off the event at 6 p.m. by announcing the city’s Volunteer of the Year winner. After Santa Claus arrives by fire truck, there will be a tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks display.

 

Family-friendly activities will be located throughout the building, including a DJ, inflatables, carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting and costumed carolers from Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater. Refreshments will be provided, and children can take photos with Santa and complete a make-and-take activity in Santa’s workshop.

 

All residents are welcome, and the event is free; however, everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Yuletide Hunger program, which collects food for needy families in Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence and Seven Hills. 

 

“If everyone brings a donation, it would make a real impact for those in need at the holidays,” said Parks and Recreation Director Paula Horner. 

 

The Parks and Recreation Department will also offer residents free use of the pool and fitness center during the day on Dec. 2. The fitness center will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and open swim will be held from 2-5 p.m. All guests must check in at the front desk, and current proof of residency is required. 

 

“We hope to add some new activities to the event in 2018, once the expansion project is complete and there is more space available,” said Horner. 

 

Broadview Heights has been hosting holiday events since the Community Building opened 18 years ago, and in recent years, nearly 1,500-2,000 people have been attending the celebration, she said. 

 

“This is a wonderful event that brings the community together to kick off the holiday season,” said Horner. “A lot of planning and hard work goes into coordinating these large community events. There is always a large turnout, and we receive a lot of positive feedback from those who attend.” 

 

For more information, call the Broadview Heights Parks and Recreation Department at 440-838-4522 or visit broadview-heights.org. 

 

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