YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown’s Christmas in the Village will unfold from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 with free horse and carriage rides, music, gift ideas, cookie decorating and crafts and a chance to visit with Santa Claus.
“This is a really nice event and it brings families together to share the joy of Christmas,” said Youngstown Village Trustee Tim Adamson, who helps coordinate the event. “It’s just an old-fashioned, family Christmas event.”
The Christmas Market is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gym of the Village Center, 240 Lockport St.
“They’ll sell handcrafted items, like jewelry and birdhouses, etc.,” said Adamson. “And, the folks who maintain the International Peace Garden in Falkner Park sell handmade Christmas items and that’s their only fundraiser, so it’s important to support them.
“We also have a man this year who is bringing in his own model train set and he’ll display it in the middle of the gym and give little lectures on the history of the trains,” he added.
The event also includes free horse and carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m., along with appearances by special guests, like Olaf, Rudolph and Frosty, as well as musical performers.
The Youngstown Library will host Christmas crafts from noon to 2 p.m.
Santa will be the featured guest from 1 to 3 p.m. during the Children’s Party in the Cora Gushee Room of the village center. He will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 1 p.m. Following the reading, children will have the chance to tell Santa their wishes and have their photos taken. Each child also will receive a small gift.
In addition, clowns Donuts and CoraBelle will be on hand to make balloon animals, and there will be children’s crafts, cookie decorating and face painting. The Youngstown Recreation Department sponsors the children’s party and Adamson commended the staff and its Recreation Commission on their successful efforts to organize this party each year.
Members of the Porter Historical Society, who maintain a museum on the village center’s second floor, will offer a glimpse at period dress-up from 1 to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served in a Victorian setting in the board room from 2 to 4 p.m.
Everyone will gather in front of the Village Center at 3 p.m. for the tree-lighting ceremony.
In addition, the Youngstown Lions Club will offer free eye screening for children in prekindergarten and kindergarten from noon to 4 p.m. Hot beverages will be offered by the Friends of the
Library and musical entertainment will be provided by Marcia and Monte Jones and Dennis Duling throughout the day.
Everything is free, except items sold in the Christmas Market. The event is sponsored by the Village of Youngstown.
In support of the event, Cheryl Butera, president of the Youngstown Business and Professional Association, said local businesses are encouraged to decorate their storefronts for the holidays, offer specials on Saturday and host entertainment.