Burton – The holiday season is fast approaching. Historic Burton, Ohio, has so many ways for you to celebrate this magical time of year. Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 26 as the beginning of all the fun.
The festivities start on Friday, November 26, from 9 am until Noon at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village at 14653 Park Street. Here you can have a pancake breakfast while visiting Santa, peruse a holiday gift store and take a wagon ride, if the weather permits. Also be sure to make a card to send to a soldier, as that is so important to do this time of year.
Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 440-834-1492. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 6. Sorry, but no member discounts can be used for this event.
Later that evening, stop by the Gazebo in the park to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. After the lighting of the tree, there will be caroling and then refreshments at the Burton Congregational Church. This event is free and starts at 6 pm.
There will be other events happening around the square all weekend, such as live music at Coffee Corners, hot chocolate and cookies with Santa in the afternoon at the Log Cabin, special events and demonstrations at many of the local stores and a gingerbread house display at the Burton Public Library. You can also drive east on Route 87 a little ways to White House Chocolates to watch candies being made from 10 am until 6 pm (White House Chocolates is closed on Sunday).
Santa stops by Burton again on November 27 at the Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 located at 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton. Here is another chance to have breakfast with the jolly man in the red suit from 9 am until 1 pm. You can even do some gift shopping at the craft fair that runs from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday at the post. Proceeds from this event will benefit Atwood-Mauck’s scholarship fund. The cost to have breakfast with Santa is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger. You can reach the American Legion hall at 440-834-8764 with any questions.
On Sunday, November 28, you can visit the Crossroads Country Store at Century Village from 10 am until 5 pm. Santa has also set up shop there with lots of Christmas goodies and you can visit Santa at the Log Cabin from 12 pm until 4 pm.
If, perhaps, you cannot get to Burton on the weekend of November 26, you can enjoy many of the Burton activities again the following weekend on Saturday, December 4 and 5. The gingerbread houses will still be on display at the library, Santa will visit the Log Cabin in the afternoons, hot chocolate and cookies will also be available there, and Coffee Corners will be having live music. White House Chocolates will be making chocolate candies on Saturday also.
On Sunday, December 4, the Red Maple Inn (just south of Burton Square) will be hosting a Christmas Floral Design Show and Luncheon from 10:30 am until 1 pm. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call A.H. Christianson’s at 440-834-9760 to make your reservations for this delightful event.
As you can see, the people and businesses of Burton are full of Christmas spirit and they want to share it with you. Any one of these events, or a few, are a great way to get into the holiday mood, so think about coming out to Burton and visiting with Santa, enjoying some treats and doing a little shopping. A good time will be had by all.