Coolville ready for Christmas in the Village

COOLVILLE — The third annual Christmas in the Village, sponsored by Restore Coolville, will be held on Saturday.

The event that includes the Christmas parade, outdoor tree lighting, craft show and festival are free and open to the public.

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.

Christmas in the Village showcases the family spirit of Coolville and surroundings with many individuals and local businesses working together to provide a safe, festive event for the entire family to enjoy.

A craft show will begin at 3 p.m. in the Coolville Elementary School gymnasium. Milk and Cookies with Santa, sponsored by the Coolville Library, also will begin at 3 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The Christmas parade will begin at 5 p.m. The parade will proceed down Main Street and conclude at the Coolville United Methodist Church.

Following the parade, there will be a lighting of the village Christmas tree. The outdoor tree lighting ceremony will feature the national anthem performed by soloist Heather Krugman, an invocation by the Rev. Ian Reid of the First Lutheran Church of Parkersburg and Christmas songs performed by the Vanderhoof Baptist Church Choir.

Ohio Rep. Jay Edwards will light the tree.

Festival events include a theatrical presentation of “Twas the Plight Before Christmas” under the direction of John Coen at 6:30 p.m. in the Coolville United Methodist Fellowship Hall, an outdoor live nativity, craft show, cookies and cocoa, visits with Santa, horse and wagon rides, face painting and ornament making for children. Local non-profit organizations will provide food in the school cafeteria for a donation with all proceeds to benefit the local groups.

While events are free, donations will be accepted for future Christmas in the Village events.

Donations also are encouraged for the Coolville Cares program that provides food to area school children. Needed are peanut butter, canned soup and canned pasta and the collection site for Coolville Cares will be inside the school.

Participation in the parade is open to all. Parade participants will begin lining up at the upper entrance of Coolville near the former Hilltop at 4 p.m. No registration or fee is required.

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

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