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Bath continues bridge-lighting tradition

By Jody Miller
Ohio.com correspondent

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The Christmas tree and the Wye Road Bridge decked out for a past bridge lighting. This year’s Ninth Annual Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival will be Friday. (Jody Miller/Ohio.com)

BATH TWP.: The annual Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival is one of the growing community traditions in Bath. 

Started by members of the Bath Business Association (BBA) nine years ago, this holiday favorite is the chance for families, friends, neighbors and children of all ages to meet at the Wye Road Bridge the Friday after Thanksgiving for a family friendly start to the holidays.

“It’s one of the fun community things the BBA does each year, and it’s become a traditional way to introduce the holiday season,” said Nancy Fay, one of the BBA’s officers. 

This year, the event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday starting in the Wye Road area around the Bake Shop in Ghent. The Wye Road Bridge will be decked out in holiday finery, and the BBA choir will make its debut, leading the caroling as the festivities get underway. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be mingling among the crowd, awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus.

The evergreen tree next to the bridge will be decorated and waiting for the finishing touch of lights, which are turned on just as Santa arrives, usually around 6 p.m. Looking like the fairy-tale Pied Piper, Santa will lead the children to the CleverPup 101 Schoolhouse to spend some time with each of them, getting a heads-up on gift desires.

There will be gift bags for the younger attendees, courtesy of BBA members, along with cookies and hot chocolate, compliments of the Bake Shop in Ghent and coffee courtesy of Panera.

New this year will be horse and carriage rides just down the block at the Spa at Yellow Creek, and other activities are planned to herald this year’s holiday season.

“The bridge lighting starts the spirit of the holidays for many of us,” said Fay, “especially with Santa Claus taking time to be part of it.”

As an organization of local businesses and community groups, the BBA is committed to promoting businesses in Bath as well as helping preserve and enhance the scenic and historical identity of the community. All Bath residents and their friends are invited to join in this community event that begins the holiday season.

The Wye Road Bridge Lighting takes place the evening before Small Business Saturday, a day that is becoming a national holiday shopping tradition,which is this Saturday.Small Business Saturday celebrates local small businesses and encourages shoppers to remember that shopping local helps everybody in the community, and Bath is no exception. 

The Wye Road Bridge Lighting would not be possible without the support of Bath Township, its trustees and members of the fire, police and service departments.

For details, check out the BBA website at www.bathbusinessassociation.com.