Saturday, Dec. 7, DeWitt will transform into a winter wonderland for its annual Hometown Christmas event organized by the DeWitt Chamber & Development Company.

The Children’s Christmas Carnival will take place at Emmaus Road Church, on the north end of town. This location offers the opportunity for all morning activities to take place in one location. 

Beginning at 9 a.m., children can visit and have their photos taken with Santa, who will arrive on a fire truck. Visits with Santa are free with a canned-food donation for the DeWitt Referral Center. 

The popular “Santa Picture Pass” will be available to families to avoid waiting in a long line to tell Santa their Christmas wishes.

Youngsters also can participate in crafting, an indoor snowball fight and play 25-cent carnival games. 

Santa will visit with children at the same time as the carnival games from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Then at 11:45 a.m. — with doors opening at 11:15 a.m. — is a family holiday movie at the Operahouse Theatre in downtown DeWitt. “Dr. Suess’ The Grinch” will be shown on the big screen. Admission is free, and a hot dog lunch will be provided by the DeWitt Nite Lions with a canned-food donation for the Referral Center.

For safety purposes, children must be escorted to and from the movie if parents are not attending. Entrance into the movie and lunch are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Space and quantities are limited.

As the sun sets, Sixth Avenue will be brightened by the Lighted Pickup Parade at 5 p.m. It will begin on South Sixth Avenue, travel north and end at Lincoln Park, where residents can help light the big Christmas tree.

From 5-7 p.m., there will be live and lit holiday windows, warming stations, a Christmas hidden-letter search, campfire s’mores, a live nativity scene, a gingerbread house contest at DeWitt Bank & Trust, a wreath contest at First Central State Bank, a silent auction, dinner served by the DeWitt Nite Lions (free with a canned-food donation), a bake sale and much more.

Many businesses will have extended hours.