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Rain and cold weather couldn't dampen the holiday spirits of hundreds of people at the Miracle on Main Street celebration.
This is the 16th year for Miracle on Main in downtown Zanesville. Sixty-one local businesses opened their doors to greet the crowds of people and some offered snacks and hot chocolate. The Zanesville High School Blue Knights also entertained the eager crowd with Christmas carols. For many families, it is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
"The boys have really enjoyed it. We went over to the welcome center and saw the Festival of Trees over there and they loved the reindeer and they thought that was great," says Valerie Smith.
Smith says she expects attending Miracle on Main will become a tradition in her family. Of course, the big event is the lighting of the courthouse, but Mayor Howard Zwelling says it is no easy job making Zanesville into a winter wonderland.
"Oh they have been at it for two to three weeks putting it together and the last week they worked very hard and they have done a good job," says Mayor Zwelling.
And with the flick of a switch, the courthouse came to life. Soon after, Santa made his grand entrance atop a fire truck, accompanied by Officer Mike Schiele and K9 Bosco. While Santa made a long journey from the North Pole, he says it is always a joy to meet the girls and boys of Zanesville.
"I am always excited to come to Zanesville, the beautiful lights, everyone is in a festive mood it is just a wonderful time to come to Zanesville! I really appreciate being invited to come," tells Santa Claus.
Even in the cold weather, the Miracle on Main Street celebration could warm the heart of any scrooge.