Santa is guaranteed to make some appearances at this weekend’s Christmas events
Wetzel County will kick off the holiday season this weekend as the cities of Hundred and New Martinsville will each hold their Christmas festivities.
Hundred will hold its annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. The Town of Hundred encourages families to “take a step back in time and celebrate a Christmas of years gone past.”
The tradition will continue with horse drawn carriage rides, a live nativity scene, warming barrels, and hot wassail and chocolate. There is also sure to be food and craft vendors for those who wish to support local businesses and organizations. The Hundred High School band members will hand out favors to children.
The annual Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Hundred High School. Santa Claus himself will be dropped off at Belmont Street Bridge on Pennsylvania Avenue and the parade will conclude at the town’s football field.
Further fun includes the opportunity to children to write letters to Santa at the Hundred Post Office.
There will be a memory tree for those to pay tribute to loved ones.
On Friday night, New Martinsville Parks and Recreation will sponsor “The Santa Claus” movie, to be shown at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free and there will be prize drawings throughout the evening.
The good tidings will continue Saturday, Dec. 5 when New Martinsville holds its 2015 Christmas Festivities, which will lead up to the Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to noon, a Christmas breakfast will be held at Baristas Cafe, located at 326 Main Street. The cost of the breakfast is $5 per person and registration is advised by calling 304-771-6221.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., folks can partake in a sleigh ride sponsored by Fast Eddy’s.
An indoor craft show will be held at Main Street’s Shiben building from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
People also will have the opportunity to hone in on their art skills, as severald crafty events will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ornament decorating will be held at the Chamber Office, located at 201 Main Street. At Hodge Podge, located at 251 Main Street, a paint and sip will be held, and at The Tin Ceiling, located 329 Main Street, cookie decorating will take place.
The Tin Ceiling will also host “Story Reading by Cheryl Shank” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the business will also host “Pictures with Santa” as part of Saturday’s events.
Interested participants are encouraged to call 304-398-4266 for scheduling and prices.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Supply Closet, located on Main Street, will host Reindeer Games, and from 1-3 p.m., the sweet sounds of Christmas music can be heard from the Wetzel County Courthouse’s Bell Tower.
At 5 p.m. on Saturday line up will begin for the annual New Martinsville Christmas parade, with the big event to kick off at 6 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Following the parade, a Christmas tree lighting will be held at the corner of Main Street and Washington Street. Children will also have the opportunity to visit with Santa, so parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.
Karen Stout Fine Arts will also be present for pictures with Santa, as picture packages will be available for purchase the night of the parade.
The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, the sponsor of the New Martinsville Christmas Parade, encourages everyone to join in and catch the Christmas Spirit!