Jody Miller correspondent

The Wye Road Bridge lighting and arrival of Santa Claus, sponsored by the Bath Business Association, has become a Thanksgiving Holiday tradition in Bath.

Festivities at the 10th annual community event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, along Wye Road in front of The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road.

“The Wye Road Bridge Lighting gives the opportunity for people of all ages in the community, along with friends and family, to get together and celebrate the start of the Holiday Season,” said Veronica Cordray, owner of Veronica Inc., Events of Distinction, and the BBA committee chair and coordinator of the bridge lighting.  “This event is a lot of fun for everyone, creating wonderful memories each year.”

The lighting of the Christmas tree will coincide with the arrival of Santa Claus, who will entertain the wishes of children of all ages in the cozy setting of the CleverPup 101 Schoolhouse.  Sing along with the caroling of the BBA “choir,” led by the beautiful voice of Emily Dorilen, while Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer mingle among the crowd.

Gift bags will be passed out to the younger attendees, courtesy of BBA members, and there will be plenty of cookies and hot chocolate, compliments of The Bake Shop in Ghent.  While awaiting a chance to visit Santa, children will be entertained at Veronica Inc., 797 Wye Road, with ornament-making craft activities they can take home. Costumed educators, courtesy of Hale Farm & Village, will provide 18th Century ambiance adjacent to the staging site for carriage rides, while a 21st Century Texting Contest will make a revival at The Bake Shop porch.

The BBA is an organization of local businesses and community groups committed to promoting businesses in Bath and helping to preserve and enhance the scenic and historical identity of the community.  

“We encourage the entire community to take part in this festive way to start the holidays,” said Nancy Fay, owner of The Bake Shop in Ghent and a BBA officer.  “This is also a way to remind holiday shoppers about the unique and distinctive businesses here in Bath. Shopping local helps everybody in the local community, and Bath is no exception.”  

The Wye Road Bridge Lighting is made possible with the support of Bath Township, including the trustees and members of the fire, police and service departments.