The temperature may have been unseasonably warm, but it was unmistakably winter at the Clermont County Park District over the weekend.
Pattison Park played host to the annual Walk in a Winter Wonderland celebration Dec. 2.
One of the most popular fixtures on the Park District calendar, more than 300 people registered for the free event sponsored by Park National Bank. Reservations filled up so quickly upon announcing the event last month that the Park District had to extend capacity twice to try to meet the demand.
(We’re sorry we could not accommodate everyone who wanted to attend.)
Guests walked a trail lit with more than 200 luminaria, enjoyed a hot chocolate bar, decorated cookies and created holiday crafts.
A special visitor from the North Pole also made his way down for the festivities. While Santa Claus is very busy this time of year, he said he was glad to spend some time with his friends at the Park District.
“The holidays are all about family and traditions,” said Mark Motz, Park District community relations manager. “That so many families – many of them three generations – come to this event tells me that we’re doing something right.
“The memories the little ones are making by sitting on Santa’s lap or making an ornament for the tree that will become a family heirloom are priceless. We’re grateful for the chance to be part of the community’s holiday.”
Winter Wonderland isn’t the only holiday-themed event the Park District offers.
Naturalist Alyssa Rooks presents the free program “Holiday Mysteries Uncovered” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Pattison Park Lodge. How did certain plants and practices become iconic during the most wonderful time of the year?
Join us for the inside scoop on mistletoe and more; enjoy a warm beverage by the fire and take a short nature walk to look for signs of life in the forest.
Interested in becoming a program sponsor? Contact Rooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-876-9013.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.