The Franklin News-Post|
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This children’s group sings during a past open house at Westlake Towne Center. The event this year will be held Dec. 6.
The Willard Companies' annual holiday tree lighting and open house event at Westlake Towne Center is Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Several holiday festivities are planned, including four live concerts, horse and carriage rides, free photos with Santa and a $1,000 shopping spree prize.
In addition, the first 150 persons who donate a new, unwrapped toy to We Care of Franklin County during the event will be given a complimentary ticket to a special showing of "White Christmas" at Westlake Cinema after the event.
Collection boxes for toy donations will be inside the retail stores during the event, and movie vouchers can be picked up after the toy donation.
Participating Westlake Towne Center businesses include Kroger, SweetFrog, Westlake Library, Merle Norman, Haywood's Jewelers, Westlake Salon & Spa and Cottage Gate. Carilion Clinic will also be participating.
The Fraser fir selected for the event will stand about 26 feet tall and was picked from Roll Out Farm in Pilot. The tree will be placed in front of Westlake Library at Westlake Towne Center.
"The annual tree lighting and open house is a festive event for the entire family. It also serves as an opportunity to collect toy donations to benefit We Care of Franklin County and many families who are in need this holiday season," said Christopher Finley, director of marketing and public relations for the Willard Companies.