Holidays in Uptown


Uptown businesses & restaurants will deck the halls for the season

Shop local this holiday season!

In a special themed event launched in 2023, Uptown businesses will pull out all the stops to create a holiday destination in the heart of Westerville.

And Frank Capra’s fictional Bedford Falls in It’s a Wonderful Life hasn’t got anything on our real, historic Uptown.

Please come out to enjoy the festive decor and support our local merchants.

When that happens, it truly is a wonderful life in old Westerville.


When the tree is lit …

The City of Westerville will kick off the season officially with the City Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Please attend the highly popular Tree Lighting ceremony then stick around to check out the holiday decorations at our Uptown establishments.

We can’t give out all the secrets just yet — but it’s going to be beautiful Uptown!


When the Star is shining …

 Westerville’s Hoiliday Star dates to the depths of the Great Depression, when City Manager Ross Windom in 1935 was convinced to commission it, to draw shoppers to the city’s business district. (Read more here.)

While it was relocated in 2022 from its longtime home at State and Main streets a block north to State and Home streets — to protect the historic Holmes Hotel and Weyant Buildings at State and Main — the purpose remains the same.

When you see the familiar Holiday Star lit the week after Thanksgiving, please remember to shop local and patronize the shops and restaurants in Uptown. This year, you are sure to find something special during the Holidays in Uptown!  

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