GOSHEN — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — or at least it soon will be.
“Hometown Holiday” is the theme of this month’s First Fridays event in downtown Goshen, and Christmas-themed activities and music will abound.
Caroling will start at 6:40 p.m. on West Washington Street. The singing will lead up to the annual lighting of the Christmas tree set for 7 p.m. Always Vocal, an a cappella group associated with the GoShakes theater troupe, will sing on the First Fridays Stage at the corner of Washington and Main as part of the tree-lighting ceremony.
From 7:30 to 9 p.m., Goshen High School students will be performing “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at The Goshen Theater.
Other performances and activities Friday will include:
• Youngsters in the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department’s “Dance in the City” program presenting “Twelve Days of Christmas” from 6 to 6:20 p.m. on the First Fridays Stage
• The Chamberlain Children’s Choir singing a medley of Christmas carols from 6:20 to 6:40 p.m. on First Fridays Stage.
• The “Goshen Gives Back!” donation drive at the stage from 5 to 8 p.m. Personnel with Gilsingers Implement Co. and Interra Credit Union invite the public to donate food, toys, games, hats and mittens. The donated material will be given to The Window social service agency in downtown Goshen.
• A visit from “Santa and Mrs. Klaus” at The Goshen Theater from 5 to 8 p.m. Photos taken of First Fridays folks visiting the Klauses will be posted on Facebook, and will be available for purchase.
• The Goshen High School Crimsonaires performing at First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Lincoln Ave. Free concerts featuring pop tunes and Christmas-themed music are planned at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Cookies and beverages will be available for free.
• A “Holiday Extravaganza” at Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St. Attendees Friday are invited to donate to Heifer International of buy soup from Soup for Success. A petting zoo including rabbits, sheep and other animals will be available for children.
• A book signing at Better World Books, 215 S. Main St. Goshen College Professor and author Duane Stoltzfus will be signing copies of his book “Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites During The Great War” from 6 to 8 p.m.
First Fridays is a monthly event designed to highlight the commercial and artistic offerings in downtown Goshen. For more information, go online to www.cityonthego.org.