YOUNGSTOWN – Activities for all ages are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as Youngstown celebrates “Christmas in the Village.”
All activities take place at the village’s Red Brick/Municipal Building at 240 Lockport St.
A craft show and vendors fair will provide plenty of ideas for the holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gym.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m., which start and end in the parking lot, will treat residents and visitors to a view of this historic village on the Lower Niagara River.
“You’ll see a lot of grandparents go on the carriage rides with their grandchildren,” said Village Trustee Tim Adamson. He co-chairs the event with fellow Trustee Stuart Comerford. “It’s a really nice time.”
Santa will arrive by horse-drawn carriage and will entertain the children from 1 to 3 p.m. on the building’s third floor. The children’s Christmas party is sponsored by the Youngstown Recreation Department.
“Santa will listen to the children’s wish lists and they can have their picture taken with him,” said Kim Cudmore, the recreation director. “In fact, one of the crafts the children will do is to make a holiday frame for their picture.”
Cudmore said refreshments will be provided, as well as balloon animals.
“And everything is free,” she said.
In addition, the Town of Porter Historical Society invites children to its museum from 1 to 4 p.m. on the building’s third floor for an opportunity to dress up in period clothes. The society also is hosting a Victorian tea from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Cora Gushee Room.
New this year, the Youngstown Lions Club will provide children with free eye-screenings and the Masons will provide free children’s identification cards. The Lions are serving up free hot dogs during the event.
In addition, the Youngstown Free Library will be offering refreshments for a nominal fee.
Christmas characters will be wandering the streets while music is provided by Dennis Duling and Monte and Marsha Jones throughout the day.
Festivities also include the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Red Brick at 3 p.m.