Santa Claus to be in Roanoke on Friday, Dec. 6

Santa and Mrs. Claus, shown arriving in Roanoke last December, will return on Friday, Dec. 6 to kick off the 2013 Christmas in the Village celebration. TAB file photo.

Santa Claus continues his travels across Huntington County with an appearance in Roanoke on Friday evening, Dec. 6.

Santa's arrival kicks off the town's Christmas in the Village celebration, which continues through Saturday, Dec. 7, and includes a petting zoo, community Christmas caroling and the performance of a cantata.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck on Friday at 6 p.m. They will sing carols with the children and light the town tree before heading over to the old town hall, where Santa will spend the evening visiting with children. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Also beginning at 6 p.m., children can work on a group gingerbread house at Moose & Mollie's in downtown Roanoke.

The Roanoke Public Library will be open on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children can make Christmas tree ornaments, write Christmas cards to soldiers, decorate and eat Christmas cookies and listen to stories by the fireplace.

Cornerstone Alliance Church, located at 8533E-900N, Roanoke, will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu features homemade pancakes and sausage, and admission is a donation for the church's preschool.

Back in downtown Roanoke, Main Street will be closed Saturday for bonfires and marshmallow roasting.

Children can visit a petting zoo, sponsored in memory of Scott Carroll, and take part in crafts and games at Moose & Mollie's from noon to 3 p.m.

Luminaries will line sidewalks in front of Roanoke stores from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a candlelight walk and carols. The Summit City Singers will perform on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a community sing will be held from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The Christmas cantata "Most Wonderful time of the Year" will be presented at 7 p.m. at Seminary United Methodist Church, 285 N. Seminary St., Roanoke. The presentation features five local choirs. Admission is a donation for the Roanoke Food Bank.