Christmas in the Village parade today in Coolville

COOLVILLE — Restore Coolville today will hold Christmas in the Village, its first community Christmas parade, outdoor tree lighting and festival.

The yuletide event showcases the family spirit of Coolville and environs with many residents and local businesses working together to provide a safe, festive event for the family to enjoy, organizers said.

The Christmas parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street and conclude at the Coolville United Methodist Church. The lighting of the village Christmas tree will be held following the parade at 6:30 p.m.

The tree lighting ceremony will feature the national anthem performed by soloist Stephanie Combs, an invocation by the Rev. Katherine Riley and Christmas songs performed by the Vanderhoof Baptist Church Choir. Ohio Rep. Jay Edwards will light the tree.

Festival events will begin at 7 p.m. and include an outdoor showing of veterans videos, indoor showing of “Polar Express,” a live nativity, cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa, horse and wagon rides, ornament making for children, an indoor photo booth and an art show featuring Coolville Elementary students and the photography of Lori Collins at the Coolville Public Library.

Larry’s Pizza will offer a carry-out menu at special prices.

All events are free to the public, but donations to future Christmas in the Village events are accepted.

Donations also are encouraged for the Coolville Cares program that provides food to area school children, particularly peanut butter, canned soup and canned pasta.

The collection site for Coolville Cares will be at the Coolville United Methodist Church.

Restore Coolville is a non-profit volunteer group of Coolville residents who have united to beautify and restore the village of Coolville, established in 1835, and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

Participation in the parade is open to all.  For safety reasons, parade participants are asked not to throw items from parade floats, but to hand candy or other items. Parade participants will begin lining up at the upper entrance of Coolville near the former Hilltop at 4:30 p.m.

No registration or fee is required.

For more information, visit restorecoolville.org or facebook.com/restorecoolville or email restorecoolville@yahoo.com

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