NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven is planning a myriad of activities for the Christmas season, most of which will occur on Saturday, Dec. 3.
A parade, craft show, visits from Santa, musical concert and tree lighting ceremony will be among the events that day.
The New Haven Fire Department Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show will start the busy day off at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. According to Shelby Duncan, organizer, the show will be held at the fire station and will offer wares from crafters in Mason, Meigs, and Gallia counties, as well as one from Parkersburg.
Among the items expected to be offered, Duncan said, are wreaths, homemade candies and jellies, string art, primitives, baskets and more. The auxiliary’s popular dish cloths will also be sold, with Duncan adding a new shipment has recently arrived and includes new colors.
The kitchen will be open with lunch selections of tacos in a bag, hotdogs, and barbecues. Drinks will also be sold, as well as chips.
While the craft show is ongoing, those wishing to take part in the Christmas parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. at the community building off Layne Street. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the fire station to hear wish lists and provide children with a treat. Music will be provided by the group, “Covered by Love,” as well as Allison Tate.
Later that evening at 6 p.m., the town will officially light its Christmas tree in a ceremony outside the city building. A special guest will be on hand to “throw the switch.”
According to town recorder Roberta Hysell, families are invited to bring an ornament to hang on the tree as a new tradition. After the lighting ceremony, homemade cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
On Dec. 15, a Christmas lighting contest will be held. Hysell said out-of-town judges will begin their selection process at 6 p.m.
Residents do not have to register to take part. Anyone in town limits having their lights on that evening by 6 p.m. will be eligible to win.
Hysell said there will be one category, with first place winning $50, second place winning $25, and third place winning $10. Winners will be presented their awards at the city building on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.
Although all spaces at the craft show are filled, Duncan said she is placing crafters on a waiting list in case of cancellations. To be placed on the list or for more craft show information, contact her at 304-882-2814. For more information on the town events, contact Hysell at the city building at 304-882-3203.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.