The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 2, 2011

Downtown planning big Christmas celebration

ASHTABULA — “An Enchanting Christmas” is the theme of this year’s holiday parade and festivities, sponsored by the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association.

The excitement begins at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 with the Christmas tree competition and carolers in Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius Park (the former North Park), and highlighted at 7 p.m. by the annual Christmas parade on Main Avenue.

 “We need volunteers to help with the event,” said Linda Annick, president of the ADDA. “Our goal is 100 entries this year.”

Last year, the Christmas parade boasted about 65 entries.

This is the second year for the tree decoration contest. Nassief Honda won the top prize last year.

In addition to the trees in Cornelius Park, anyone who would like to decorate a tree outside their business or in their storefront, the ADDA encourages you to do so.

“With your help, we hope to create one of the most enchanting Christmas shopping and strolling atmospheres seen in recent years in Downtown Ashtabula,” Annick said. “Enjoy seasonal music, a special surprise for the children and beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the park.” 

 Here are some of the things the ADDA could use:

• Decorations

• Help with lining up the parade

• Security and barricades for street closure

• Street monitors

• Tree competition ballots

• Festivities in the park, including carolers and entertainers

• Help with clean up.

If you would like to be involved in the holiday fun, call ADDA member, Marty Cephas, at 440-992-7342, or

e-mail and (please send to both addresses).

Anyone or group who would like to participate in the parade, should call Oscar at 440-992-3700. All groups, organizations and individuals must complete a participant application. This is a countywide event. Everyone welcome to apply.
















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