WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — For years, Christmas on the Square was Warren’s way of celebrating the holiday. This year, with new organizations in charge, it is now Hometown Holidays.
“The biggest change are the organizers. In the past, this was a city run event,” said Trumbull County Historical Society director Meghan Reed.
The historical society and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County partnered this year to put on the event and hopefully rebrand a new annual Christmas tradition.
This year, they started the night with live music on the gazebo. As families rolled in, dozens of them jumped in line for free horse-drawn carriage rides.
“It’s a fantastic idea, especially downtown, you really bring everyone together and you can see the history of the area,” said event-goer Devin Bassler.
Some are even starting a new family tradition.
“We’ll definitely be back next year,” Bassler said.
Just in time for the tree lighting, Mayor Doug Franklin lined up some helpers from local elementary schools to give the countdown to the tree lighting.
“We were concerned that we lost some momentum after we had a year’s break, but the turnout has been fantastic. The downtown business community has stepped up and participated,” Mayor Franklin said.
The businesses surrounding the square didn’t mind a few extra Friday night customers.
“Besides the financial part of it, it’s just great that people feel safe enough to come out and partake in something cool enough as Holiday on the Square and then also coming in and grabbing a coffee or a hot chocolate for the kiddos,” said Nova Coffee co-owner John Ramsey.