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Coolville slates Christmas in the Village celebration

A wagon carries passengers in a past Christmas in the Village celebration in Coolville. The sixth annual Christmas in the Village will be held Saturday. (File Photo)

COOLVILLE — Christmas in the Village, a community celebration in Coolville, will be held Saturday.

The event includes the sixth annual community Christmas parade, an outdoor tree lighting, a craft show and the festival, all free and open to the public and sponsored by Restore Coolville.

Coolville prides itself in being a small village with a big heart, organizers said. This holiday event showcases the family spirit of Coolville and surrounding areas 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. at Coolville Elementary School gymnasium.

The Christmas parade will begin at 5 p.m. The parade will proceed down Main Street and conclude at the Coolville Elementary School.

Following the parade, a lighting of the village Christmas tree will be held in front of the Coolville Elementary School. The ceremony will feature music by the Federal Hocking Holiday Brass Ensemble under the leadership of Conor Hartwick and Julia Olson, an invocation by Pastor Rick Eaton of the Vanderhoof Baptist Church and Christmas songs by the Vanderhoof Baptist Church Choir and Coolville Elementary.

Principal Bruce Hoover will light the tree.

Festival events also include visits with Santa in the Coolville Elementary School Cafeteria, horse and wagon rides on Main Street and ornament making for children at the Coolville School. Food will be available on Main Street for a donation to Christmas in the Village.

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

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.

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

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

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