Bridge lighting, Santa arrival kick off Bath’s holiday season

The Bath Business Association will hold the 19th annual Wye Road Bridge lighting and Santa arrival on Friday, Nov. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Families, friends, neighbors and children of all ages are welcome to gather at the Wye Road Bridge, near The Bake Shop in Ghent, for holiday festivities.

The stretch of Wye Road along the bridge takes on a winter fairyland appearance with evergreen garlands and lights draping the bridge, Frosty the Snowman tucked in the background and a lit and decorated Christmas tree.

Caroling from the porch of The Bake Shop will precede the arrival of Santa Claus, who will ride on the Bath Fire Department’s magic “sleigh.” Once alighting from his transport, Santa will spend the evening listening to the holiday wishes of kids of all ages.

RUST modern homes will provide face painting, Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer will mingle among the crowd and gift bags filled with goodies, donated by BBA members, will be passed out to the younger attendees. As always, there will be holiday cookies courtesy of Vaughn & Company Salon, along with coffee and hot chocolate, compliments of The Bake Shop.

“The Wye Road Bridge Lighting helps draw attention to the unique and distinctive businesses here in Bath, many of which are members of the BBA,” said Nancy Fay, BBA copresident and owner of The Bake Shop in Ghent. “Why not enhance your holiday shopping experience by shopping locally? It’s a great way to support the businesses of your friends and neighbors.”

For details about the bridge lighting or to peruse the list of BBA members, visit or call 330-666-3347. ∞

The Sinopoli family visits with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer during last year’s bridge lighting. Photo from ScripType archives.