When the turkey dinners and pumpkin pie are cleared away from the Thanksgiving table, Christmas spirit will follow fast in Wellington.
The village, Main Street, Kiwanis, Friends of Findley State Park and other groups are coming together to present a Wellington Community Christmas, with events for the whole family.
• Friday, Nov. 29: A tree-lighting ceremony will kick off the holidays at 6:30 p.m. on the green in front of Town Hall.
It will feature performances by Janice’s Dance Studio team, cookies, coffee and Hot Chocolate. Veterans are invited to help Main Street Wellington decorate the village Christmas tree in the gazebo. There are more than 400 ornaments that will go on the tree, each honoring a local person who served in the military.
• Friday, Nov. 29: Ride the Santa Train on the Lorain & West Virginia Railway, 46789 State Route 18. For tickets, visit www.www.lwvry.org.
• Saturday, Nov. 30: Small Business Saturday will be celebrated with pop-up shops throughout Wellington’s downtown. Get your map and raffle tickets at the Main Street office, 118 West Herrick Ave.
• Sunday, Dec. 1: “The Wondrous Gift” live nativity will begin at 4:30 p.m. with caroling, free carriage rides, free wassail and cookies along with coffee and hot chocolate at Town Hall.
Around 5:15 p.m., actors portraying Mary and Joseph will make their way through Wellington with a donkey, looking for a place to stay the night; not finding a “room at the inn,” they will go to Howk Park, where the program will begin at 6 p.m.
• Monday, Dec. 2: A Praise Team concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 127 Park Place.
• Tuesday, Dec. 3: The Wellington Community Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 140 South Main St. The concert is free and will be followed by punch and cookies.
• Wednesday, Dec. 4: Caroling with K-Kids will start at 6 p.m. at the Elms Retirement Village, 136 South Main St. It will include crafts, cookies and hot chocolate.
• Thursday, Dec. 5: Christmas bingo for seniors will be held at 1 pm. at Town Hall.
• Thursday, Dec. 5: The “Cheer-Meister Challenge” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The game features nine elimination rounds, including untangling ornament hooks, unwrapping candy canes, trivia, cookie decorating and more.
To enter, you must be 12 or older and donate one of the following: five cans of unexpired canned soup or vegetables for Well-Help or Helping Hands Pantry, five pairs of new gloves for the Angel Tree program, or $5 for the Wellington Salvation Army. Ten competitors will be drawn at random.
• Dec. 5-7: The Wellington Drama Clubs and Community Theater will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at 7 p.m. at the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts, 627 North Main St.
Tickets at the door are $10 for adults; and $5 for senior citizens, students and children. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on show days. For more information, visit www.lindleycenter.com.
• Saturday, Dec. 7: The Christmas in the Village Holiday Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall. The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will present crafters and food.
• Saturday, Dec. 7: A Christmas luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 140 South Main St.
• Saturday, Dec. 7: A Nutcracker party will be held at 2 p.m. at the Herrick Memorial Library, 101 Willard Memorial Square. Call 440-647-2120 to register.
• Sunday, Dec. 8: A Christmas movie matinee will be held at 2 p.m. at the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts, 627 North Main St.
It will feature showings of “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “The Santa Clause.”