NORWOOD -- The Norwood Holiday Festival will again feature Santa and Disney characters, wagon rides, and a memory tree.
Highlights will include horse-drawn and tractor-pulled wagon rides around downtown, candy and hot cocoa, lighted floats, and photos with Santa.
This year’s festival will be Saturday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the village park. As is tradition, all events will be free.
The Disney characters will return this year to help Santa celebrate the Christmas season.
The festival of lights will kick off at 5 p.m., with many lighted floats accompanying Santa on the parade route.
A bonfire will be lit again this year, with the Norwood Brass Fireman and holiday carolers to entertain parade goers.
The memory tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s raffle drawings will include a grand prize barbeque grill donated by Pepsi, according to event organizer Bobbi Phillips.
The wagon rides around town will also continue this year, with tractor-pulled wagons to return. The tractors were added last year because “the lines were so long the last four years that we added a second ride,” according to festival organizer and owner of the Hometown Café, Sue Frego.
Refreshments will include cookies, candy and cocoa.
Festivalgoers can also enjoy the lighting contest entries, which will be judged Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Winners will be selected for “Best in Town” and best color theme, as well as a wild card winner. Winners will be announced at the festival.
To add a loved one to the memory tree, stop by Perry’s Big M or the Hometown Café.