Granville will ring with holiday cheer Saturday, Dec. 6, during the community's annual Candlelight Walking Tour.

Granville will ring with holiday cheer Saturday, Dec. 6, during the community's annual Candlelight Walking Tour.

The decades-old event features caroling, carriage rides and other family-oriented activities. Broadway, the village's main street, will be lined with decorated Christmas trees.

The festivities start at 1 p.m., while Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at dusk in a fire truck. Children can visit with Santa from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Every child receives a free photo.

The holiday festival, which is sponsored by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to bring together families and local business owners, said Steve Matheny, executive director of the chamber.

"The focus is on the traditional aspects of the holiday," he said.

Children can make crafts, check out an exhibit of gingerbread houses and watch ice-carving demonstrations, added Lisa Englefield, who chairs the event. The event features indoor and outdoor activities, which parents appreciate if it is a cold day, she said.

"It's our favorite event. It's a great day. It's a Christmas wonderland," Englefield said. "We try to make it bigger and better every year."

She suggests checking in at the Village Hall, 141 E. Broadway, for a schedule of events.

Visitors also can download the Granville app that will be launched that day and provide details about the event and the community.

Many of the local stores serve small snacks and have special sales.

"It's a way for the local business to give back to the community and say thank you," Englefield said.

For more information, go to granvillecandlelightwalkingtour.com.