Downtown Troy prepares for Santa’s arrival

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Troy as Troy Main Street and the city of Troy prepare for Santa’s 2018 debut at the annual Grand Illumination.

The Grand Illumination kicks off in downtown Troy at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 with a showing of the movie, “The Santa Clause,” at the Mayflower Arts Center and the opening of the Kris Kringle Market located at The Rec. The market offers people the opportunity to purchase quality handmade gifts at low prices. Carriage rides will be held on the Public Square from 5-8:30 p.m., and free drinks, baked goods, and ornaments will be available the entire evening.

The Miami Valley Veterans Museum, located on the second floor of 107 W. Main St., will be offering a free open house with warm drinks and treats. Special guests from the Wright Stuff Squadron Living History Museum of St. Paris will be on hand, and a Vietnam-era M35 truck transport will be displayed at the museum entrance.

“We look forward to hosting the Grand Illumination every year,” said Nicole Loy, executive director of Troy Main Street. “It brings the community together for an evening of joy and celebration like no other event can.”

The Melody Men Barbershop Chorus will be on stage beginning at 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be escorted downtown in a fire truck and, shortly thereafter will light the Christmas tree and the rest of downtown. The public is welcome to meet Santa in his house later that evening.

The Grand Illumination is held on the Public Square in downtown Troy. The Grand Illumination will end at 8:30 p.m.

Sponsors for the Grand Illumination include Kettering Health Network, Excellence in Dentistry, Miami County Visitors Bureau, Unity National Bank, Beckstrom Orthodontics, Greenville National Bank — Troy Branch, Level MB Construction, Upper Valley Hearing and Balance, Minster Bank, Alvetro Orthodontics, The Valley Church, David Fair on the Square, HER Realtors, and Troy Sports Center.

For more information, visit